Houston Astros sign Josh Reddick.

Josh Reddick

Josh Reddick slashed .258/.307/.643 in 47 regular season games with the Dodgers. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

Outfielder Josh Reddick, who played 57 games for the Dodgers in 2016, has signed with the Houston Astros for four years and $52 million.

The Dodgers acquired Reddick from the Oakland A’s on Aug. 1. He proceeded to slash .258/.307/.335 in 47 regular-season games, and .308/.321/.308 in the postseason. Because he was traded during the season, Reddick wasn’t eligible to receive a qualifying offer — a one-year contract that would have allowed the Dodgers to gain a 2018 draft pick if Reddick signed elsewhere.

The Dodgers acquired Reddick in large part because of the uncertainty around right fielder Andre Ethier, who fractured his leg in spring training and wasn’t cleared to play until September. When Ethier returned — and hit effectively — Reddick’s long-term value to the Dodgers diminished. Ethier has no-trade protection and another year left on his contract. Between him and rookie Andrew Toles, the left-handed hitting corner outfielder roles were already filled. Reddick’s quick exit came as little surprise.

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Watch: Vin Scully to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Recently retired Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully is one of 21 individuals who will receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House announced Wednesday. The presentation is scheduled for Nov. 22.

From the official press release:

Vin Scully is a broadcaster who, for 67 seasons, was the voice of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. In Southern California, where generations of fans have grown up listening to Dodger baseball, Scully’s voice is known as the “soundtrack to summer.” In 1988, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Scully’s signature voice brought to life key moments in baseball history, including perfect games by Sandy Koufax and Don Larsen, Kirk Gibson’s home run in the 1988 World Series, and Hank Aaron’s record-breaking 715th home run.

The complete list of recipients is here.

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Dave Roberts is the 2016 National League Manager of the Year.

Dave Roberts

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts won the NL Manager of the Year award on Tuesday. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

Dave Roberts, who guided the Dodgers to 91 wins and a division title in his first season managing at any level, was named National League Manager of the Year on Tuesday. Roberts was listed first on 16 out of 30 ballots. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America voted on the award after the regular season.

Roberts’ own struggles on his journey to the big leagues helped him relate to his players, writes colleague Bill Plunkett.

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon finished second to Roberts and was listed first on my ballot. Here’s why.

 

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Dodgers trade Howie Kendrick to Philadelphia Phillies.

Howie Kendrick

Howie Kendrick was the Dodgers’ primary left fielder in 2016. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

Howie Kendrick was an unsung hero for much of 2016, calling left field his primary position in a season where Andre Ethier, Trayce Thompson and Scott Van Slyke missed most of the year with injuries.

Now, Kendrick is gone. The Dodgers traded him to the Philadelphia Phillies for outfielder/first baseman Darin Ruf and minor league infielder Darnell Sweeney on Friday.

Kendrick, 33, batted a career-low .255 in 146 games for the Dodgers, who also played him at second base, first base and third base at times. But he saw fewer plate appearances per game in 2016 compared to any of his 11 major league seasons. Kendrick was reportedly so upset about his diminished playing time that he requested a trade.

Ruf, 30, has done most of his damage against left-handed pitchers, posting a .299/.379/.542 career slashline over parts of five major league seasons. He’s appeared in 139 games (92 starts) at first base, one game at third base, 76 games (64 starts) at left field and 29 games (27 starts) at right field.

Sweeney, 25, advanced to the Triple-A level in the Dodgers’ organization before he was traded to Philadelphia for Chase Utley in 2015. He spent all of this year with the Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate, batting .233.

Since Sweeney wasn’t on the Phillies’ 40-man roster, the Dodgers still carry 37 men on theirs. The Dodgers also gained some financial wiggle room: Philadelphia will pick up the final year of Kendrick’s two-year contract, which pays him $10 million next season.

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