The Los Angeles Dodgers' search for a second baseman this winter has ultimately led them full circle, as the team has come to terms on a reunion with veteran free agent Howie Kendrick.
According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers re-signed Kendrick on a two-year, $20 million on Friday afternoon. Courted heavily by middle infield-needy squads early this offseason, Kendrick ultimately chose a return to the Dodgers after hitting .295 with nine home runs and 34 RBI for the club in 2015.
The Dodgers appeared to have moved on from Kendrick after he turned down a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer earlier this offseason. However, they changed tact after the market the 32-year-old was looking for didn't materialize from a financial standpoint.
Kendrick posted a .295/.336/.409 slash line for the Dodgers in 2015. If another team would have signed him to a new deal, they would have had to send the Dodgers a first-round draft pick as compensation for him declining the qualifying offer.
According to several MLB analysts, the pick attached to Kendrick on the open market was enough to drive his price down -- enough for the Dodgers to swoop in and land him for $10 million per year.
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