Los Angeles Dodgers reach a two year agreement with 2B Howie Kendrick
A report from Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal on Friday says the Los Angeles Dodgers have reached a two year, $20 million dollar agreement with restricted free agent second baseman Howard "Howie" Kendrick.
Kendrick, 32, became a restricted free agent on November 13, 2015 when he refused to accept a qualifying offer from the Dodgers for one year, $15.8 million dollars.
Had Hendrick accepted an offer to sign a contract with another team besides the Dodgers, the team that would have signed Kendrick to a contract would have to surrender their first round draft choice in the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft as compensation to the Dodgers.
Hendrick will return to play second base for the three time defending National League West Division champions in the 2016 Major League Baseball season. Chase Utley and Kike Hernandez who were going to share playing time as second base during the 2016 baseball season will likely be playing utility infielder roles for the Dodgers in the next baseball season.
Hendrick started his career with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2006 as their second baseman. Kendrick was traded by the Angels to the Dodgers on December 10, 2014 in exchange for Angels left handed starting pitcher Andrew Heaney.