Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Howie Kendrick's fate with Angels
By AJ Mass
Since colliding with a teammate on August 6, Howie Kendrick has been sitting on the disabled list, hoping that he might be able to see some action before the end of the 2013 season. It finally looks as though the Los Angeles Angels are ready to allow him to his wish.
Kendrick is expected to be activated by the Angels today, though initially, he will only be available off the bench. However, the fact that the Angels have opted against simply shutting their second baseman down may indicate they want to showcase Kendrick a bit in the last few weeks of the season, in preparation for an off-season trade.
Before his injury, Kendrick posted strong numbers, batting .301 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI. His batting average ranks third in the majors at second base, and he's currently tenth in home runs at the position. Only one team can win the Robinson Cano sweepstakes when free agency begins, so there may be plenty of takers for Kendrick, whose price tag is locked at just over $18 million for the next two seasons.
From the Angels point of view, getting rid of Kendrick's salary and using it to help either pay for Jason Vargas, or to find a replacement for him if they let him walk via free agency, might be a better allocation of resources. Plus, since acquiring Grant Green from the Oakland Athletics, they've already gotten eight multi-hit games from him and his .278 batting average as Kendrick's fill-in certainly helps make a decision to deal Kendrick even easier.
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