Rosenthal: Dodgers Nearly Acquired Howie Kendrick at Trade Deadline

By Saxon Baird

Ken Rosenthal from Fox Sports is reporting that the Los Angeles Angels and the Los Angeles Dodgers nearly pulled off a trade that would have sent Angels second-basemen Howie Kendrick up the 5-freeway to Chavez Ravine.

Aug 3, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick throws to first base against the Toronto Blue Jays during the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

As Rosenthal explains in the article:

"…the two sides held extensive trade discussions before the July 31 non-waiver deadline, according to major league sources.The Angels proposed a deal that included one of the Dodgers’ top pitching prospects, Double-A right-hander Zach Lee, sources said. One source said the talks went right down to the deadline. It is unclear which team blinked."

The news of the near-trade sheds light on Angels GM Jerry DiPoto’s decision to trade for top Oakland A’s prospect Grant Green on June 30th. It now seems the trade was a preemptive move by DiPoto in case a deal was made with the Dodgers.

Kendrick who is signed through 2015 is owed $27.6 million after this season. He signed a 4-year extension with the Angels in 2012. Kendrick has a 12-team no-trade clause but the Dodgers are not on that list.

In 12 games with the Angels, Grant Green has posted a .827 OPS while filling in for Kendrick. If he continues to find success while Kendrick remains injured, it seems likely that the Angels might shop Kendrick this off-season in search of pitching depth.

While the Angels farm system lacks depth, second-base is not without viable future options for the Angels. 21-year old Angels prospect Taylor Lindsey who has posted a .792 OPS with 16 home runs in offense-suppressing Texas League this year. He was rated number 5 best overall prospect in the Angels system by Baseball Prospectus earlier this year.