Howie Kendrick hit nine nine home runs and drove in 54 in his first season with the Dodgers. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
, who rejected a qualifying offer from the Dodgers at the end of last season, could return in 2016 according to a report Friday morning.
Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reported via Twitter
that the Dodgers are “making progress” on a new contract with the free agent second baseman.
Because Kendrick rejected the Dodgers’ qualifying offer, the team stands to gain a compensatory draft pick (after the first round) if he signs somewhere else.
Kendrick, who turns 33 in July, appeared in 117 games last season, his fewest this decade, by virtue of a hamstring injury. He posted a .295/.336/.409 slash line along with nine home runs and 54 RBIs.
The Dodgers re-signed veteran Chase Utley to a one-year, $7 million contract in December. He and Enrique Hernandez stood to split time at second base if the Dodgers didn’t bring back Kendrick. The Dodgers also acquired Micah Johnson, a left-handed hitting second baseman, from the Chicago White Sox in the trade that sent Jose Peraza and Scott Schebler to the Cincinnati Reds.
Alex Anthopoulos was the Toronto Blue Jays’ general manager from 2010-15. (Getty Images)
For the second straight season, the Dodgers’ biggest off-season acquisition might be a new member of their executive team.
Alex Anthopoulos, the Toronto Blue Jays’ general manager from 2010-15, will join the Dodgers’ front office in some capacity according to multiple reports this week. Two sources familiar with the situation told me that Anthopoulos, a Montreal native, has close ties to the Toronto area and would be reluctant to leave unless he felt strongly compelled by the Dodgers’ offer. It’s unknown what that offer is.
The Dodgers have had one of MLB’s more robust executive teams for the last year, a group that includes team president Stan Kasten, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, general manager Farhan Zaidi, and executive vice president Josh Byrnes. If they aren’t running out of titles, the Dodgers might be running out of executive offices on the fifth floor of Dodger Stadium.
The Blue Jays ended a 22-year playoff drought this year under Anthopoulos, who resigned at the end of the season rather than accept a five-year contract extension. Anthopoulos was already out of work when The Sporting News chose him as its Executive of the Year in October.
The Blue Jays went 489-483 during Anthopoulos’ tenure. Before he became GM, the 38-year-old served as the Blue Jays’ scouting coordinator and assistant general manager.
Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto announced tonight — at a company party, no less — that Hisashi Iwakuma will re-sign with the only major league team he’s ever pitched for:
The Dodgers and Iwakuma agreed to terms on a three-year contract that was pending a physical. Something changed after the Dodgers reviewed the physical, however, and the Mariners apparently wasted little time swooping in.
Iwakuma’s contract is guaranteed for one year, with vesting options for 2017 and 2018.
Update: The Dodgers lost yet another of their starting pitcher targets but still have time to get someone else.
The Dodgers have ‘postponed’ their contract with pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma after reviewing the results of his physical, according to the Japanese news agency Asahi Shimbun.
It’s been more than a week (at least nine days to our knowledge) since Iwakuma and the Dodgers agreed to terms on a three-year, $45 million contract. The contract was believed to be contingent on just the physical, so it makes sense that the physical is the cause for the delay.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers are still active on the trade front:
Odorizzi, a 25-year-old right-hander, went 9-9 with a 3.35 ERA (118 ERA+) in 2015. He was eighth in the 2014 American League Rookie of the Year voting.
The two acquisitions aren’t mutually exclusive. In theory, the Dodgers could still find a way to sign Iwakuma and trade for Odorizzi.
The sequence could be important. If Odorizzi were to join a rotation that already includes Clayton Kershaw, Brett Anderson, Alex Wood, Hyun-Jin Ryu and, at some point late in 2016, Brandon McCarthy, it’s one less reason for the Dodgers to extend themselves to sign an injured pitcher.
Jose Peraza made his major league debut with the Dodgers in 2015. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers traded infielder Jose Peraza, outfielder Scott Schebler and infielder Brandon Dixon to the Cincinnati Reds as part of a three-team trade with the Chicago White Sox.
The Dodgers receive three of the White Sox’s better prospects — Frankie Montas, outfielder Trayce Thompson and second baseman Micah Johnson — while Chicago received All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier from the Cincinnati Reds.
Update: Andrew Friedman shed some light on the trade and its ramifications. Thompson talked about how he stalled in Double-A and rebounded with some help from his father, former Lakers forward Mychal Thompson.