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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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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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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Report: Dodgers trying to bring back Howie Kendrick.

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Howie Kendrick hit nine nine home runs and drove in 54 in his first season with the Dodgers. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

Howie Kendrick, 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.

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Season in review about nothing: Howie Kendrick, ‘The Soup Nazi.’

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Howie Kendrick’s .325 on-base average ranked fourth among National League second basemen with at least 450 plate appearances. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)


This is Part 27 of a series in which every member of the 2015 Dodgers has his season juxtaposed with an episode of the greatest sitcom of all-time. Don’t take it too seriously.

Howie Kendrick, 2B

Key stats: .295/.336/.409 in 495 PA (117 games).

Seinfeld episode: “The Soup Nazi” (Season 7, Episode 6)

Key quote: “This guy makes the best soup in the city, Jerry. The best. You know what they call him? Soup Nazi.”

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