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Angels expected to revisit Howie Kendrick trade

Oct 6, 2013, 11:43 AM EDT

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From Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notebook in the Boston Globe:

It looks more and more like [Howie] Kendrick will be involved in a deal that would land the Angels some pitching or prospects. The Royals seem like a good fit as they attempt to solve their second base issue, and Kendrick would be a nice bat in that lineup. But what would the Royals give up? The Orioles are another possible fit with Brian Roberts’s tenure possibly ending soon. The Orioles haven’t decided to cut ties with the free agent, but they certainly wouldn’t re-sign Roberts for more than one season with his injury problems.

The Angels shopped Kendrick at this year’s July 31 trade deadline and received interest from multiple teams, but obviously no move was made.

Kendrick is owed $9.35 million next season and $9.5 million in 2015 — reasonable salaries for a consistently productive second baseman. Anaheim badly needs an influx of reliable starting pitching — young or old — and there aren’t going to be many good options for improvement on the free agent market this winter.

Kendrick, 30, batted .297/.335/.439 with 13 home runs, six stolen bases, 55 runs scored and 54 RBI in 122 games this year. He hit .287/.325/.400 with eight homers, 14 steals and 67 RBI in 147 games in 2012.

  1. brownsbraves11 - Oct 6, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Please please please please please.

    • knowlegeforyou - Oct 6, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      A little Uggla, and prospect action

      • theheemel - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:26 PM

        Moreno has shown he always makes the wrong move.

  2. freerayray52 - Oct 6, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Orioles will go with Roberts for another year and next time he is hurt move on to Schoop

    • randomdigits - Oct 6, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      I don’t know, Buck loves him some Flaherty.

  3. andreweac - Oct 6, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Anaheim?

    • asimonetti88 - Oct 6, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      That would be where the Angels play.

  4. thebadguyswon - Oct 6, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    The guy to trade is Mark Trumbo. He’d return the greatest value by far.

    • knowlegeforyou - Oct 6, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      Trumbo may net a Zach Wheeler type return if the market is right. If you’re the Mets that’s a half season of Beltran for 1 of Wheeler and 3 of Trumbo.

      • zzalapski - Oct 6, 2013 at 4:03 PM

        Trumbo will be five years older than Wheeler by spring training, and has a much lower chance of being a productive member of the next contending Mets team. Why would the Mets trade Wheeler for him?

      • asimonetti88 - Oct 6, 2013 at 4:28 PM

        “Why would the Mets trade Wheeler for him?”

        Because it would make me happy as an Angels fan?

    • km9000 - Oct 6, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      Trumbo seems to be a popular trade candidate, but I have zero faith in both Pujols and Hamilton being healthy for the next couple years.

      I’m curious what they do with the outfield. Either Bourjos, Calhoun, or Shuck go, if only as part of a package.

      • thebadguyswon - Oct 6, 2013 at 9:38 PM

        I wonder – if they ate some of the deal – if they could or would trade Hamilton.

      • asimonetti88 - Oct 6, 2013 at 9:42 PM

        There’s no question they would trade Hamilton. Could they? Well, they managed to move Vernon Wells so I guess it’s possible.

      • fannatik - Oct 7, 2013 at 11:10 AM

        Trade Pujols, only results from this guy is hitting into double plays.

  5. alqj24 - Oct 6, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    I would have liked Angels to deal Kendrick for Zach Lee and other prospects from Dodgers.

    Who exactly would be targeted from Baltimore or KC? What value would Kendrick return?

  6. weaselpuppy - Oct 6, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Uggla has negative trade value. What part of sub 200 hitting bad D 12M contract isn’t clear. You’d have to throw in your #4-5 prospect just to get rid of him for a C level prospect in rookie ball.

    Kendrick would allow them to move Gordon down in the order (which in turn drops Moose even further in the order, so double win there) to the 3 spot. I wouldn’t be trading Zimmer at this point….maybe Ventura, maybe not… but he’s likely the guy you tailor a deal around.

    Cain
    Kendrick
    Hosmer
    Butler
    Gordon
    Sally
    Moose
    Escobar
    Lough

    with Bonifacio the Elder as super utility getting 450 PA is ok as long as they retain Santana and Duffy turns into a viable 4th starter to add to Shields and Guthrie plus that great bully. That’s a 85-88 win team with upside…with still enough farm coming to help plug spots

  7. markofapro - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    First thing Angels need to do is dump the GM and then let a baseball man decide the best direction for the franchise. They need to trade both Trumbo and Kendrick. If the Angels expect to compete against A’s and Rangers, major moves need to be made.

    • jarathen - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:31 AM

      Jerry DiPoto’s record is not spotless (BLANTON), but it was Arte that stuck the team with Pujols and Hambone, not DiPoto.

      • theheemel - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:28 PM

        arte THINKS he knows Baseball…and that makes him lethal.

    • theheemel - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      moreno LOVES “yes men”. Look at who he surrounds himself with…All former billboard salesmen,, who brown nosed their way up…Johnny Carpino is the Team “President”…seriously?

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