Howie Kendrick and Chase Utley could be third basemen for the Dodgers in 2016.

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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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Report: Dodgers re-sign Howie Kendrick to two-year contract, pending physical.

The Dodgers have re-signed second baseman Howie Kendrick to a two-year contract pending a physical, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com. The Dodgers have not confirmed the announcement.

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.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw inadvertently broke the news earlier Friday.

Speaking at a team function at Los Angeles City Hall, Kershaw said of the team’s position players, “obviously Howie’s still in the mix. Other than Jimmy (Rollins) I feel like we have our team back.”

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Dodgers nab five minor leaguers at Rule 5 draft.

NASHVILLE — The Dodgers passed on their only pick at the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft Thursday, then selected five minor leaguers: Felipe Gonzalez, Julio Morban, Alexander Burgos, Logan Bawcom and Micah Gibbs.

The notable name is Bawcom, a pitcher whom the Dodgers drafted in 2010 out of UT-Arlington and later packaged to Seattle in the Brandon League trade. The 27-year-old right-hander spent the past two seasons with the Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate.

As executives filed out of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel on Thursday, the Dodgers officially leave having made one other transaction: a one-year contract with second baseman Chase Utley.

Other than a proposed trade for Aroldis Chapman that was placed on the back burner under bizarre circumstances, it was a fairly quiet Winter Meetings. The Dodgers’ 3-year contract with pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma is pending a physical and could be announced in the next 48 hours.

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Reports: Dodgers re-sign Chase Utley for one year, $7 million.

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Chase Utley could return to the Dodgers as a utility infielder in 2016. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

NASHVILLE — The Dodgers have re-signed second baseman Chase Utley to a one-year contract, according to multiple reports Sunday. CBSsports.com reported that Utley will receive $7 million.

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