The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the acquisitions of infielder Howie Kendrick from the Angels and prospects infielder/outfielder Kike Hernandez, catcher Austin Barnes and right-handed reliever Chris Hatcher from the Marlins. The acquisitions were made through two separate trades, a seven-player deal with Miami - with Los Angeles acquiring Hernandez, Barnes, Hatcher and left-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney in exchange for infielder Dee Gordon, right-handed pitcher Dan Haren, infielder Miguel Rojas and a player to be named later or cash considerations - and a subsequent trade that sent Heaney to the Angels in exchange for Kendrick.
Kendrick, 31, batted .293 in 157 games with the Angels last year and established career-best marks in hits (181), RBI (75, also: 2010), walks (48) and on-base percentage (.347, also: 2007). He ranked ninth in the American League (min. 100 AB) with a .326 batting average with runners in scoring position (56-for-172) and also posted a .385 mark with the bases loaded (5-for-13).
Kendrick has a .292 career batting average with 249 doubles, 78 home runs and 501 RBI in 1,081 games in nine MLB seasons, all with the Angels. The 2011 All-Star has a .986 career fielding percentage, appearing primarily at second base, and has hit well in the clutch during the course of his career, posting a .292 batting average with runners in scoring position and a .295 mark with runners on base. The Florida native was originally selected by the Angels in the 10th round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft.
Hernandez, 23, combined to hit .319 with 25 doubles, 11 homers and 42 RBI in 98 minor league games in 2014 with Double-A Corpus Christi, Triple-A Oklahoma City and Triple-A New Orleans. He made his Major League debut on July 1 with the Astros and was traded to Miami on July 31, combining to appear in 42 big league games with Houston and Miami and batting .248 with three homers and 14 RBI. In the minors, he appeared in the field at every position besides pitcher or catcher, with one game at first base, 47 games at second base, 16 games at third base, 21 games at shortstop, two games in left field, one game in center field and 11 games in right field.
In six minor league seasons, the native of Puerto Rico has a .273 batting average with 36 homers and 217 RBI in 512 games after he was selected by the Astros in the sixth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
Gordon, 26, batted .289 and led the Majors with both 64 steals and 12 triples in 148 games in 2014 en route to an All-Star selection in his fourth MLB season. He has a .272 career batting average with 130 steals, four homers and 68 RBI in 329 games with the Dodgers from 2011-14 after originally being selected by the club in the fourth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.
Haren, 34, went 13-11 with a 4.02 ERA in 32 starts last year, his only season with the Dodgers. The Monterey Park, CA, native has a 142-122 record with a 3.77 ERA in 12 Major League seasons with the Cardinals, Athletics, D-backs, Angels, Nationals and Dodgers.
Rojas, 25, appeared in 85 games with the Dodgers last year in his first big league action after nine minor league seasons in the Cincinnati and Los Angeles organizations. He was originally signed by the Reds in 2005 as a non-drafted free agent.
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