Blue Jays “have placed multiple calls” to Angels about Howie Kendrick

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Last week Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported that the Angels were likely to shop second baseman Howie Kendrick and now Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet Canada writes that the Blue Jays “have placed multiple calls on his availability this year.”

Kendrick hit .293 with seven homers and a .744 OPS in 157 games this season, basically matching his career totals and ranking among the league’s best all-around second basemen. However, the Angels are willing to deal him because Kendrick will be a free agent after next season and they have in-house options to replace him in Grant Green and Gordon Beckham.

In nine seasons as a big leaguer Kendrick has never hit below .275 or posted an OPS under .720. He doesn’t have much power and swings at everything, but Kendrick has plus speed, a good glove, and has consistently been an above-average hitter at an up-the-middle position.

Jesús Aguilar, Brian Goodwin, and Aledmys Díaz win arbitration cases

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the players picked up three arbitration victories thanks to Jesús Aguilar, Brian Goodwin, and Aledmys Díaz. Each player was arbitration-eligible for the first time.

The players have now won four of 10 arbitration cases thus far. Historically, teams have won the majority of arbitration cases and that continues to be the case this year. However, at least today’s results move the needle back towards the middle.

Aguilar filed for $2.575 million while the Marlins countered at $2.325 million.

Goodwin filed for $2.2 million; the Angels $1.85 million.

Díaz $2.6 million, Astros $2 million.

There are three arbitration cases remaining, two of which belong to the Phillies (J.T. Realmuto, Héctor Neris). The Diamondbacks have the other with Archie Bradley.