At least he doesn’t have to clean out a locker or anything.
Kendrick, 31, is an immediate upgrade over Dee Gordon, who was shipped off to Miami in the aforementioned trade. He’s a career .292/.332/.424 hitter and he’s one of the best defensive second basemen in the game today.
Kendrick – like recently-acquired shortstop Jimmy Rollins – is a free agent after 2015 and the Dodgers are only on the hook for his $9.5 million salary next season.
His presence should solidify the infield, add a reliable bat to the lineup, and allow for Cuban imports Alex Guerrero and Erisbel Arruebarrena to get another year of seasoning in the minors before taking over the middle infield in 2016.
The Angels added some much needed rotation depth. The Heaney addition not only gives the club a big time prospect for years to come, but he can play an important role right out of the gate in 2015 with Garrett Richards not expected back until May.
The club could turn to prospect Grant Green at second base or they could look outside the organization to fill the position.
The real story here, however, is the Dodgers and the fact that they are going for it all in 2015. Zack Greinke’s impending opt-out clause may be playing a role, but at this point, it seems that anything short of a championship isn’t good enough for Andrew Friedman and company.
Heck, all I can think right now is that by moving Heaney, the Dodgers have opened up a rotation spot to make a play for Max Scherzer or James Shields.
I’m going to go grab some popcorn and get ready for the Friedman’s next move.