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Abject system makes Howie Kendrick's loss a gain for Dodgers

Abject system makes Howie Kendrick's loss a gain for Dodgers

Howie Kendrick, poster boy.

Not exactly what Kendrick had in mind when his off-season called. He seemed headed for his first true major contract. A career of superb play now rewarded with a big free-agent payoff.

Only it never happened. Days and weeks went by and the interest never developed.

“Nothing,’’ Kendrick told USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. “I figured there would be quite a few suitors for me, and nobody was really calling. Here it is, getting close to spring training, and you keep hearing the same thing over and over.

“Nobody wanted to give up that draft pick. It was a shocker.’’

With the days...

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