first_imgKendrick started all five of the Dodgers’ postseason games against the New York Mets. He had six hits in 22 plate appearances, including a double and a home run.The Dodgers re-signed veteran Chase Utley to a one-year, $7 million contract in December. Utley is primarily a second baseman, but he’s been working out at third base and first base as well.The 37-year-old Utley and Kiké Hernandez, 24, stood to split time at second base if the Dodgers didn’t bring back Kendrick. The Dodgers also acquired 25-year-old Micah Johnson, a left-handed hitting second baseman, from the Chicago White Sox in the trade that sent Jose Peraza and Scott Schebler to the Cincinnati Reds.Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw inadvertently broke the news Friday.Speaking at a team function at Los Angeles City Hall, Kershaw said of the team’s position players, “obviously Howie’s still in the mix. Other than Jimmy (Rollins), I feel like we have our team back.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kendrick batted second, third and fourth almost equally last year under manager Don Mattingly. He formed instant chemistry with Rollins in the field, but will likely have a rookie double-play partner come Opening Day in 21-year-old Corey Seager.Kendrick rejected the Dodgers’ $15.8 million qualifying offer after last season, making him a free agent. Had he signed elsewhere, the Dodgers would have gained a 2016 draft pick after the first round as compensation, while the team that signed Kendrick would have surrendered its first-round pick unless it was slated to draft in the top 10.The relative value of draft picks likely diminished Kendrick’s market — and ultimately benefited the Dodgers.In 10 major league seasons, the first nine with the Angels, Kendrick has a .293 batting average, .333 on-base percentage and .423 slugging percentage.“He’s a heck of a ballplayer,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “He enjoyed his time here last year. I’ve seen him from the other side, always admired the way he plays the game.”center_img The Dodgers have re-signed Howie Kendrick to a two-year contract, solving their cluttered second-base picture with a familiar face.The team hasn’t confirmed the announcement because the contract is pending a physical.According to multiple reports, the contract will pay $20 million. Kendrick, who turns 33 in July, appeared in 117 games last season, his fewest this decade, by virtue of a hamstring injury in August. He batted .295 to go with nine home runs and 54 RBIs.last_img