The Los Angeles Angels activated Howie Kendrick from the 15-day DL Tuesday. Kendrick has been out since August 6th after spraining his left knee avoiding a collision in shallow right field. Kendrick’s return to the lineup has a tremendous impact on the future of the Angels, but it isn’t for this season.
The Angels are far from contention in the division and in the wild card in the American League. They are 16 and 11.5 games back respectively. Even if Howie Kendrick becomes Miguel Cabrera on offense and Ozzie Smith on defense it won’t matter. But his value is going forward, as Jon Heyman Tweeted this week.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) September 7, 2013
When he was sidelined, Kendrick was batting .301 with 47 RBIs and 11 Home Runs. But truthfully the majority of that production came in April and May.
The Angels need Kendrick to re-assert his value so they can move him. He is one of the only players of value they can move because he is affordable. He is scheduled to make $9.35 million in 2013, and $9.5 in 2014. Halos Daily Scout Hudson Belinsky sees the Dodgers, Orioles, Tigers, and Yankees if they don’t manage to keep Robinson Cano.
If the Angels kept Jean Segura in the Zack Greinke deal, Erik Aybar could be an option to move too–but that would expound the Angels lack of leadership problem.
Kendrick would be a great piece for a team that already has production. He is not a run producing 2nd baseman, but when he is playing well he can hit for average. But then again, the Angels team wasn’t very successful with Kendrick in that role this season.
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