Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Dodgers pursued Kendrick
By Doug Mittler
The red-hot Los Angeles Dodgers apparently tried to make a big splash prior to the July 31 trade deadline.
The Dodgers held “extensive trade discussions” with the Los Angeles Angels about a deal for Howie Kendrick that went right down to the wire, reports Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com. It is unclear which side balked at the deadline, but Rosenthal says the deal would have included Double-A righthander Zach Lee, one of the Dodgers’ top pitching prospects.
In what has been a lost year in Anaheim, the 30-year-old Kendrick is enjoying a solid season with a .301/.341/.437 slash line. He is in the second year of a four-year, $33.5 million contract and would fit in nicely at Dodger Stadium given current second baseman Mark Ellis is a potential free agent.
The interest in Kendrick raises the possibility that the teams could revisit trade talks in the offseason. Among those who would feel the ripple effects is Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, the top free agent available this winter. The free-spending Dodgers are believed to be one of the few teams willing or able to meet Cano’s demands, but a deal for Kendrick would take them out of the mix.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweets the Dodgers privately say they have no intentions of signing Cano. If the Dodgers drop out, the Yankees would seem to have a far better chance of re-signing Cano.