Dodgers make Howie Kendrick’s two-year, $20 million contract official.

It’s a two-year deal that pays $20 million total. The money is actually going to be deferred over four years ($5 million annually through 2019); Kendrick’s actual salary and luxury-tax figure are an identical $10 million each of the next two years. The two sides agreed to terms last week.

Kendrick will play some second base and some third base — a position he hasn’t played since his rookie year in the majors.

The veteran second baseman blasted the qualifying offer system in an interview with USA Today earlier today. He hasn’t given any other interviews since re-signing with the Dodgers.

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Watch: ‘LOST LA’ episode features Dodger Stadium.

If you’re like me, you enjoy a good historical retrospective of the city you’re living in. Nothing like seeing stills or movies of black-and-white, old-timey people walking the same streets you enjoy jaywalking.

Here, then, is a teaser for a new episode of the KCET original series LOST LA, which airs at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow in Southern California. Dodger Stadium is featured prominently:

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Dodgers’ front office depth chart now includes Greg Maddux, Raul Ibañez.

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New special advisor Greg Maddux pitched 23 games, regular and postseason, in separate stints with the Dodgers in 2006 and 2008. (Getty Images)


The Dodgers added to their already-deep front office depth chart Tuesday, hiring Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux and retired slugger Raul Ibañez as special assistants. In their roles, Maddux and Ibañez will assist Andrew Friedman and the baseball operations department in scouting, player development, and working with major and minor leaguers, according to a team release.
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Howie Kendrick and Chase Utley could be third basemen for the Dodgers in 2016.

Justin Turner

Howie Kendrick, left, could provide depth at third base behind Justin Turner, right, for the Dodgers in 2016. (Associated Press photo)

The Dodgers’ decision to re-sign Howie Kendrick for two years and $20 million didn’t come as a surprise to Chase Utley. The front office acknowledged that possibility when it re-signed Utley to a one-year contract back in December.

Utley said all the right things Saturday about getting Kendrick back, even though it probably means less time for him at second base — his natural position.

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Brandon McCarthy isn’t rushing back from Tommy John surgery, but he isn’t taking his time either.

Brandon McCarthy

Brandon McCarthy signs a baseball for a fan at the Dodgers’ annual FanFest Saturday at Dodger Stadium. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy said Saturday that he hasn’t had any setbacks in his throwing program as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. He recently began throwing lightly off a mound and is targeting a return late in the first half of the season.

“My ultimate goal is to make a start or two before the All-Star break,” McCarthy said. “If it doesn’t happen that’s fine, I’m mentally prepared for that. I want to use that as our foundation of ‘this is where I need to get to.’ ”

McCarthy, who turns 33 in July, isn’t thinking long-term.

“I’ve got two and a half years left here,” he said, referring to a contract that expires after the 2018 season. “I’m beholden to the Dodgers right now and that’s it. If I don’t play again after the Dodgers because I came back too soon here, then it was completely worth it. That’s been my thinking going into this: Let’s get back as soon as we can now, safely, and not sit around and wait for months afterwards and play it safe the way a younger guy would.”

Spring training will be a good gauge of his progress. McCarthy said he’ll be “right on the verge” of facing live hitters at the end of camp if he doesn’t have any setbacks between now and then.

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