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Dodgers trade Howie Kendrick to Phillies

Dodgers trade Howie Kendrick to Phillies

The Dodgers traded Howie Kendrick to the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, cutting ties with their second veteran this week.

By trading Kendrick and catcher Carlos Ruiz rather than keeping them on the 2017 roster, the Dodgers could save about $13 million. It is unclear whether the Dodgers would use that money to acquire a second baseman or sweeten a potential offer to free agents Kenley Jansen or Justin Turner, although General Manager Farhan Zaidi cited “financial flexibility” as one motivation for Friday’s deal.

In return for Kendrick, the Dodgers obtained two depth players: first baseman-outfielder Darin Ruf, 30, and infielder-outfielder Darnell Sweeney,...