The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired 33-year old righty swinging OF/2B Howie Kendrick from the Los Angeles Dodgers for 30-year old righty swinging 1B/OF Darin Ruf and 25-year old switch-hitting 2B/OF Darnell Sweeney.
Kendrick played in 146 games for the Dodgers last year and he was 124 of 487 (.255 avg, .691 OPS) with 65 run scored, 8 homers, 40 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Kendrick has now played in 1,344 games in his first 11 years in the show and he is 1,465 of 5,068 (.289 avg, .749 OPS) with 663 runs scored, 95 homers, 595 RBI and 111 stolen bases. He was an All-Star for the Los Angeles Angels in 2011. Kendrick is penciled in as the starting LF for the Phillies right now, but things can change between now and spring training. He could also still handle 2B defensively if the Phillies move Cesar Hernandez in a deal.
Ruf was blocked by Ryan Howard most of his career in Philly. He played in 43 games for the Phillies last year and he was 17 of 83 (.205 avg, .573 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 3 homers and 9 RBI. Ruf played in 286 games in his five years with the Phillies and he was 177 of 737 (.240 avg, .747 OPS) with 91 runs scored, 35 homers, 96 RBI and 1 stolen base. Sweeney played in 118 games in AAA-ball for the Phillies last year and he was 93 of 400 (.233 avg, .644 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 6 homers, 35 RBI and 12 stolen bases. Sweeney got his only taste of the show so far in his career in 2015 for the Phillies, when he played in 37 games in which he was 15 of 85 (.176 avg, .639 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 homers and 11 RBI.
I like this pickup for the Phillies, as Kendrick is a rock solid hitter that’s versatile in the field defensively. Ruf and Sweeney didn’t have much of a future in Philly.