Player News - Dodgers

Date: Team: Pos:

Dodgers re-signed 2B Howie Kendrick to a two-year, $20 million contract.

The deal was agreed upon last week and then finalized Thursday after Kendrick passed his pre-signing physical. Kendrick will make $10 million in 2016 and $10 million in 2017, with $5 million deferred each year. He'll act as the Dodgers' primary second baseman again in 2016, but the 32-year-old figures to see starts at third base and left field as well. Kendrick batted .295/.336/.409 with nine home runs, 54 RBI, and six stolen bases in 117 games last season for Los Angeles.
Feb 4 - 12:20 PM

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, teams asking the Dodgers about Yasiel Puig are being told that he is not available for trade.

Puig is coming off a disappointing, injury-riddled 2015 season and it would make very little sense for the Dodgers to sell low. The Cuban outfielder reportedly had a sit-down meeting last month with new manager Dave Roberts, who offered to "wipe the slate clean." Puig is a pretty good bet to bounce back in 2016 -- what will be his age-25 season. He is under contract through 2018 at some very team-friendly rates.
Feb 4 - 11:48 AM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale says there are "no signs of a potential match" between the White Sox and Dodgers for veteran outfielder Andre Ethier.

Chicago is known to have interest in Ethier and Los Angeles has a surplus of corner outfielders, but the two sides have not been able to work out an agreeable exchange of money and players. Ethier is owed $38 million over the next two seasons and carries a $17.5 million vesting option for 2018. The soon-to-be 34-year-old batted .294/.366/.486 with 14 home runs and 53 RBI in 142 games last season for the Dodgers.
Feb 4 - 10:05 AM

MLB.com's Phil Rogers reports that the White Sox are "exploring" the possibility of a trade for Andre Ethier.

Rogers cautions that it's "not clear if there's a match" and that the Dodgers "would prefer" to deal Carl Crawford rather than Ethier. Ethier will turn 34 in April and is still owed $38 million over the next two seasons, but he was productive last season with a .294/.366/.486 batting line and 14 home runs.
Feb 1 - 6:21 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Chase Utley could see time at third base this season.

Roberts has also talked to Howie Kendrick about playing third base. Justin Turner (knee) is expected to be ready for Opening Day but the Dodgers may decide to limit his playing time in the early going after his offseason microfracture surgery. Utley started three games at third base in 2015.
Jan 30 - 10:09 PM

Justin Turner (knee) is optimistic he'll be ready for Opening Day.

His rehab from microfracture surgery seems to be going well. Turner more than doubled his career-high in homers last year while batting 10 points above his career average. Howie Kendrick could see time at the hot corner if Turner isn't ready to play an every-day role when the season opens.
Jan 30 - 9:04 PM

Enrique Hernandez (shoulder) said he still has a few weeks left in his throwing program but should be ready for the start of spring training.

Hernandez has made solid progress in his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery. He said he's been able to hit all winter. The Dodgers used Hernandez as a utility player last year and he should occupy the same role in 2016.
Jan 30 - 4:43 PM

Brandon McCarthy (elbow) has thrown off a mound 4-5 times and is hoping to make one or two starts before the All-Star break.

He's almost 10 months removed from Tommy John surgery. McCarthy has always pitched to contact so it won't be a major concern if he loses some of his velocity. The tall right-hander has mostly struggled since leaving Oakland but showed flashes of his old dominance during a 14-game stretch with the Yankees in 2014 (7-5, 2.89 ERA).
Jan 30 - 4:39 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had a sit-down meeting with Yasiel Puig on Saturday and offered to "wipe the slate clean."

He also told Puig to "be himself," noting that last year's coaching staff is gone. Puig has ruffled more than a few feathers since joining the Dodgers in 2013, but Roberts isn't worried about the past. Coming off an injury-plagued 2015 campaign, Puig has gotten in better shape this offseason by shedding 15 pounds. Puig will have to fight for at-bats in a crowded Dodgers outfield this year.
Jan 30 - 4:29 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he's spoken to Howie Kendrick about "mixing in time" at third base.

Roberts said he'd also be open to letting Kendrick play left field during spring training. With the team's logjam at second base, it makes sense to use Kendrick in a utility role. Kendrick has spent the majority of his career playing second base but has also made 26 appearances in left field and one at third base.
Jan 30 - 4:08 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers and Howie Kendrick have agreed to terms on a two-year contract.

MLB Network's Jon Heyman says the deal is for $20 million, which looks like a steal for the Dodgers. L.A. had been planning to get by with some combination of Chase Utley and Kike Hernandez at second base, but as time went on and Kendrick's price appeared to drop, it made sense to bring him back. Kendrick will turn 33 around the All-Star break and missed quite a bit of time last year due to injury, but he batted .295/.336/.409 when healthy and should be good for solid production for another couple years.
Jan 29 - 5:25 PM

Yasmani Grandal (shoulder) has been cleared to swing a bat from both sides of the plate.

He's already done some hitting and hasn't experienced any setbacks. Grandal was plagued by a left shoulder injury throughout the second half last year and had surgery on his AC joint after the season. It appears that he'll enter spring training without any limitations, though, and will be ready to roll come Opening Day.
Jan 29 - 3:17 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are "making progress" on a deal to re-sign Howie Kendrick.

Kendrick's market hasn't developed as he hoped after he rejected the Dodgers' qualifying offer, and his price has apparently dropped enough to where the club wants to retain him. It's unclear at this point what the parameters of the deal will look like. Bringing Kendrick back deepens the Dodgers' roster, as Kike Hernandez and Chase Utley will now come off the bench.
Jan 29 - 11:17 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are "considering" Howie Kendrick.

It's pretty clear at this point that re-signing Kendrick wasn't a priority for the Dodgers, but we're near the end of January and the second baseman's price tag has probably dropped enough to make them reconsider. The club currently has Chase Utley and Kike Hernandez to battle for the second base job, but bringing Kendrick back would allow them to push both into utility roles. Kendrick has also drawn interest from the Diamondbacks.
Jan 29 - 8:18 AM

Dodgers minor league INF/OF Angelo Songco will play for the Philippines in the World Baseball Classic qualifying round in February.

Songco was drafted by the Dodgers in the fourth-round of the 2009 draft and trundled about their minor league system before he was released in 2014. The 27-year-old subsequently found himself work with the St. Paul Saints (an independent baseball team), where he hit a sterling .339/.415/.580 with 17 homers and 82 RBI in 369 at-bats (96 games). Earlier in January, the Dodgers inked him to a minor league contract. He'll represent the Philippines in the WBC qualifier in Sydney from February 11-14. While Songco does have some nice minor league numbers to his name, he's yet to crack the majors to this point in his career.
Jan 27 - 5:30 PM


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