Blue Jays reportedly interested in Angels’ Kendrick
The Blue Jays are desperate for infield help, and the Angels have plenty of depth at second base to deal from. Could that result in a deal?
According to Sportsnet Canada, the Blue Jays “have placed multiple calls” to inquire about the availability of Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick, who would answer a major question for Toronto heading into next season.
An important disclaimer: A team asking about a player doesn’t signify anything more than its interest. This time of year, teams aren’t doing their jobs if they don’t call to inquire about potential targets.
Kendrick, 31, is set to make $9.5 million in the final year of his contract with the Angels. He hit .293/.347/.397 with seven homers and 75 RBIs last season and totaled seven Defensive Runs Saved at second base.
Overall, according to Fangraphs.com, Kendrick was worth 4.6 Wins Above Replacement, tied with the Twins’ Brian Dozier for fifth among all Major League second basemen.
Second base has been a revolving door for Toronto lately, with Ryan Goins and Maicer Izturis taking their turns most recently. The Jays could use Brett Lawrie there, an experiment they’ve tried in the past, but then they’d have a hole at third base.
It remains to be seen what the Jays would be willing to give up in such a trade. MLB.com’s Gregor Chisolm reported recently that Toronto doesn’t want to move any of its young starters, obvious targets for the Angels. The Jays would be more likely to part with someone like lefty J.A. Happ, due $6.7 million, or veteran Mark Buehrle, due $19 million next season.
As MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez wrote, the Angels could use an upgrade on their bench. With Gordon Beckham and Grant Green on board, the Angels have potential replacements in line for Kendrick.