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Dodgers sign second baseman Howie Kendrick

Dodgers sign second baseman Howie Kendrick

A backlog of infielders did not prevent the Dodgers from reuniting with second baseman Howie Kendrick. The sides agreed to a two-year, $20-million contract Friday, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke anonymously because the deal was not official.

The contract is pending a physical.

With Kendrick back in the fold, the Dodgers enter 2016 with a sturdier lineup and more stable infield. The presence of Kendrick deepens the team’s bench because the club can now use proposed platoon mates Enrique Hernandez and Chase Utley as utility players.

It will be up to Manager Dave Roberts to juggle the pieces on his roster, but second base appears...