Yankees and Blue Jays have called the Angels about Howie Kendrick


Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick has drawn some interest from the Yankees and the Blue Jays, according to a report from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Both teams have called the Angels, though it still appears more likely than not that Kendrick remains in Los Angeles.

Kendrick, 31, is entering the final year of a four-year, $33.5 million contract extension signed in January 2012, so he will be a free agent after the 2015 season. He hit .293/.347/.397 with seven home runs, 75 RBI, and 14 stolen bases this past season.

The Angels have also made third baseman David Freese available, but they would have an easier time replacing Kendrick as they have Gordon Beckham — acquired in a trade with the White Sox back in August — next on the depth chart.

Angels claim pitcher Jacob Rhame off waivers from Mets

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The Angels announced on Wednesday that the club claimed reliever Jacob Rhame off waivers from the Mets.

Rhame, 27, was limited to 6 1/3 innings in the majors and 20 2/3 innings in the minors last season due to an elbow issue. He underwent ulnar nerve transposition surgery in mid-August.

Though Rhame has a career 6.23 ERA in the big leagues, he showed promise at Triple-A from 2016-18, averaging better than 10 strikeouts per nine innings in all three years. The Angels are taking a flier on the right-hander to see if he can translate that success to the majors.