Pete Mackanin got a veteran bat that he had been clamoring for.
The Philadelphia Phillies acquired second baseman/left fielder Howie Kendrick from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday in exchange for first baseman Darin Ruf and utility man Darnell Sweeney.
— Phillies (@Phillies) November 11, 2016
The 33-year-old Kendrick hit .255/.326/.366 to go with eight homers and 40 RBI for the Dodgers last season, a down year by his standards. He’s a career .289 hitter. Kendrick is set to earn $10 million this upcoming year and is a free agent at the end of the season. Ryan Lawrence of PhillyVoice.com is reporting the Phillies will use Kendrick in left field, despite trade rumors surrounding their current second baseman, Cesar Hernandez.
The Phillies finished last in runs scored and second to last in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage in 2016.