Dodgers acquire Howie Kendrick from Angels, what is life?

This is the craziest day of baseball transactions I can remember, and it probably isn’t over yet.

This is going to be quick, just in case. The Dodgers have acquired Howie Kendrick from the Angels for Andrew Heaney. You remember long-tenured Heaney, the guy acquired for Dee Gordon and Dan Haren earlier today. Yeah, that was fun.

Kendrick was almost a Dodger in 2013 at the trade deadline, and it would have cost the Dodgers Zach Lee and possibly Chris Withrow. While I (and others) thought Heaney was getting flipped elsewhere (to the City of Brotherly love, perhaps?), he goes down the 5 to Anaheim.

We’ll have more analysis on this tomorrow, but I’m not opposed to this move. I wish it didn’t cost Heaney, but Kendrick is a solid hitter and good defender. He has one year remaining on his deal at $9.5 million. Despite the short-term deal, he’s better than Gordon and a clear upgrade defensively.

Give us all you got, FriedZaidi. Bring us Cole Hamels (or someone equally as good).

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.