Howie Kendrick has played 9,402 career innings at second base, six at third base. He was the Dodgers' starting second baseman last year. Yet, had he insisted on the same role this year, the Dodgers might not have brought him back.
In the last two weeks, with no club willing to surrender the draft pick necessary to sign him away from the Dodgers, Kendrick and the team resumed negotiations. The Dodgers brought up third base, a position Kendrick had not played in 10 years.
“He expressed a willingness to play different spots,” Andrew Friedman, president of baseball operations, said on a conference call Thursday, after the team officially announced Kendrick’s...
Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig follows through on a single against the Padres on Tuesday night in San Diego.