LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers and free-agent second baseman Howie Kendrick have agreed to a $20 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Friday because the team had not announced the agreement.READ MORE: Anaheim Ducks Hold Off Vegas Golden Knights For Wild 6-5 Win
Kendrick batted .295 with nine home runs and 54 RBI last season, his first after the Dodgers acquired him from the Los Angeles Angels in December 2014.READ MORE: Jacqueline Avant, Wife Of Music Executive Clarence Avant, Found Shot To Death In Beverly Hills Home Invasion
The 32-year-old infielder had turned down a $15.8 million, one-year qualifying offer from the team in November, leaving the Dodgers as the only club that could sign him without giving up a 2016 amateur draft pick as compensation. By bringing back Kendrick, they lose the chance to gain a compensation-round selection.
Kendrick’s return seemingly solidifies second base, where the team’s other options are Kike Hernandez and veteran Chase Utley, who was re-signed to a $7 million, one-year deal last month. Utley could also back up third baseman Justin Turner, who is recovering from surgery on his left knee in October.MORE NEWS: Clippers Lose During Paul George's First Rest Day, 124-115
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