Dodgers, Angels swap Kendrick for Heaney

The Angels sent homegrown second baseman Howie Kendrick to the Dodgers for pitching prospect Andrew Heaney late Wednesday night, industry sources confirmed to MLB.com.

Heaney, 23, was acquired from the Marlins moments earlier in the deal that sent Dee Gordon to Miami. No cash is being exchanged in the deal, which is a straight one-for-one, a source said.

Kendrick has been with the Angels since being selected in the 10th round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, but was heading into his final year of free agency in 2015. Over the last five years, the 31-year-old has posted a .288/.332/.420 slash line with 56 homers and 62 stolen bases while averaging 145 games.

With Kendrick gone, the Angels have a hole at second base and still have a need for a utility infielder. But they freed up Kendrick’s $9.5 million salary for 2015 and now have a wealth of starting-pitching depth, with Heaney looking like the No. 7 starter in their depth chart.

Heaney pitched 29 1/3 innings in his rookie season with the Marlins, posting a 5.83 ERA, but has great stuff and has excelled in the Minors. Heaney had a 3.28 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP and a 3.97 strikeout-to-walk ratio in Double-A and Triple-A this past season. In 2013, he had a 1.60 ERA in high A and Double-A.

— Alden Gonzalez

1 Comment

There is no hole at second– Grant Green is ready to start.

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