The Dodgers made a $15.8 million qualifying offer to second baseman Howie Kendrick earlier this offseason, which the veteran rejected. That means that if Kendrick signs with a team with an unprotected first round draft pick, that team forfeits that pick. Additionally, the Dodgers gain a draft pick as compensation.
According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers prefer the compensatory draft pick to Kendrick himself. Though the wealthy Dodgers don’t have the most luxurious options at second base — Chase Utley, Enrique Hernandez, Micah Johnson — it doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
Kendrick, 32, hit .295/.336/.409 with nine home runs and 54 RBI in 495 plate appearances for the Dodgers this past season. The club had acquired him from the Angels the offseason prior in exchange for pitching prospect Andrew Heaney. It sounds like Kendrick will have a new address by the time the 2016 season begins.