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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ESPN adds May 15 Dodgers-Cardinals game to Sunday Night Baseball schedule.

The Dodgers’ home game against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 15 will begin at 5 p.m. after ESPN grabbed the game for its Sunday Night Baseball schedule.

Dan Shulman is handling play-by-play for SNB telecasts, along with two new analysts: Jessica Mendoza and Aaron Boone.

ESPN telecasts are not blacked out in SportsNet LA markets.

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Dodgers extend non-roster invitations to 16 players.

Julio Urias

Dodgers prospect Julio Urias will participate in his first major league spring training camp in February. (Associated Press photo)


Here is the preliminary list of non-roster invitees to the Dodgers’ major league spring training camp:

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Dodgers sign Joe Blanton to fill long-relief role.

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Joe Blanton made 10 starts for the Dodgers in 2012, but will pitch as a reliever in his return to Los Angeles. (Getty Images)

The Dodgers have signed pitcher Joe Blanton, bringing back the 35-year-old as a long reliever — a role he thrived in last year — on a one-year, $4 million contract.

Blanton briefly retired in 2014 when he flamed out as a starting pitcher for the Oakland A’s Triple-A affiliate. In 2013, his last full season as a starting pitcher, Blanton went 2-14 with a 6.04 earned-run average for the Angels.

In 2015, the right-hander re-surfaced as a relief pitcher with the Kansas City Royals, who sold his contract to the Pittsburgh Pirates in July. His combined stats for the two teams: A 2.84 earned-run average in 36 games — 32 out of the bullpen — over 76 innings. Blanton struck out 79 batters against only 16 walks.

The Philadelphia Phillies traded Blanton to the Dodgers in August 2012. He went 2-4 with a 4.99 ERA in 10 starts. After the season, he signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels.

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Justin Turner, Yasmani Grandal, Kenley Jansen, Luis Avilan agree to terms with Dodgers.

Kenley Jansen

Kenley Jansen converted 36 of 38 save opportunities for the Dodgers in 2015. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

The Dodgers have agreed to terms with all four of their remaining arbitration-eligible players: infielder Justin Turner, catcher Yasmani Grandal, and pitchers Kenley Jansen and Luis Avilan. According to Jon Heyman, Turner will make $5.1 million, Grandal $2.8 million, Jansen $10.65 million and Avilan $1.39 million.

Friday was the deadline for teams to reach agreements with their arbitration-eligible players before each side proposed a 2016 salary figure. The Dodgers haven’t gone to arbitration with a player since pitcher Joe Beimel in 2007.

Jansen made $7.425 million in 2015, when he recorded 36 saves (seventh in the National League) despite missing the first month of the season. His 2016 salary is the second-highest ever for a closer in his final year of arbitration eligibility, trailing only Jonathan Papelbon’s $12 million salary with the Boston Red Sox in 2011.

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