Rosenthal first reported Friday morning that the Dodgers were interested in a reunion with Kendrick, who turned down their $15.8 million qualifying offer for the 2016 season back in November.
Because another team would have had to surrender a draft pick to the Dodgers for signing him, Kendrick remained on the free-agent market deep into the offseason. He had been linked most strongly to the Arizona Diamondbacks in recent weeks.
It already was obvious, but Kendrick’s contract is most striking evidence yet that the qualifying-offer system needs to change in next CBA.
Kendrick joins a crowded infield in Los Angeles, which had planned to platoon Chase Utley and Enrique Hernandez at second base. Micah Johnson, Alex Guerrero and Scott Van Slyke also provide infield depth.