The Los Angeles Dodgers will have a new double play combination next season. The team made separate deals Wednesday to acquire shortstop Jimmy Rollins from the Philadelphia Phillies and second baseman Howie Kendrick from the Los Angeles Angels
The Los Angeles Dodgers will have a new double-play combination next season.
The team also reportedly acquired second baseman Howie Kendrick from the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. The Dodgers had a need for a shortstop after Hanley Ramirez signed with the Red Sox last month.
The deal for Kendrick came later Wednesday and followed a separate six-player trade the Dodgers made with the Miami Marlins, in which Los Angeles sent a package headed by second baseman Dee Gordon to Miami for a package headed by young pitcher Andrew Heaney.
The Dodgers then flipped Heaney to the Angels for Kendrick, filling their need for a second baseman that had just been created with the trade of Gordon.
Rollins, 36, has spent his entire 15-year career with the Phillies and has a full no-trade clause. That was believed to be a possible impediment to a trade involving the shortstop, but it appears he was willing to waive the clause to go to a contender such as the Dodgers.
Rollins had a decorated career with Philadelphia, making three All-Star teams, winning four Gold Gloves and the 2007 National League MVP award. He helped the Phillies win the World Series in 2008 and another NL pennant in 2009. He hit .243 with a .717 OPS, 17 home runs and 55 RBI last season.
Kendrick, 31, has played all of his nine seasons with the Angels and is a career .292 hitter, making one All-Star team in 2011. He put up a slash line of .293/.347/.397 last season with seven home runs and 75 RBI and is entering the final year of a four-year, $33.5 million contract.
Heaney, a left-handed pitcher, made his major-league debut in June, going 0-3 with a 5.83 ERA in seven games (five starts) for Miami in 2014. In 47 career minor league starts, the 23-year-old Heaney has a 2.77 ERA with 262 strikeouts in 259.2 innings.
The Dodgers went 94-68 in 2014 and won the NL West for the second straight year, losing in the NLDS to the St. Louis Cardinals.
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