Phillies get Howie Kendrick from Dodgers
PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Phillies have acquired Howie Kendrick from the Los Angeles Dodgers for first baseman Darin Ruf and utilityman Darnell Sweeney.
A 2011 AL All-Star, Kendrick hit .255 with 26 doubles, eight home runs, 40 RBIs, a team-leading 10 stolen bases and a .326 on-base percentage for the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The 33-year-old Kendrick made 123 starts – 79 in left field, 23 at second base, 14 at third base and seven at first base – and made only five errors.
Kendrick is a career .289 hitter with 95 homers, 595 RBIs, 111 stolen bases and a .332 on-base percentage. He is signed to a deal that pays him $10 million next year.
Ruf hit .205 with three home runs and nine RBIs last season. The 30-year-old has a .240 batting average with 35 homers in his career.
Sweeney spent the entire season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He hit .233 with six homers, 35 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. Sweeney played second base, third base, shortstop and center field for the Iron Pigs.