While the current health outlook for Los Angeles Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick isn’t great, the outlook on the trade front for the infielder looks good as the Halos try and shake off this season of disappointment and start fresh this winter. Their offseason moves could be headlined by a trade of the veteran.
Though he has been limited by injury throughout much of the year, managing to appear in 108 games to this point, Kendrick has managed to piece together another solid year with the Angels. He’s actually put together some career numbers, which include a .301 average and a .341 on-base percentage.
The Angels have plenty of veterans that they’d like to move, but none of them have favorable contracts. Kendrick represents one of the only chips that they could move when you take the contract into consideration. Kendrick has two years remaining on his deal, at over $18 million total.
Kendrick’s name was out there at the trade deadline, and there were reportedly serious discussions with the Los Angeles Dodgers that almost resulted in a deal, but nothing came of those talks. There were also other teams that inquired, which means interest should be plentiful.
Of course, Kendrick has a limited no-trade clause, meaning that there are certain teams to which he could block a trade. Who those teams are, however, remains to be seen. Regardless of who ends up taking him home, there’s little doubt that Kendrick will be a prize on the trade market this summer, and with his stint on the disabled list nearly at an end, a strong finish to the regular season could help the Angels to maximize their return.