In a trade completed this afternoon, the Phillies sent Darin Ruf and Darnell Sweeney to the Los Angeles Dodgers and received Howie Kendrick in exchange.
Kendrick brings a $10M salary as baggage, but enters the final year of his contract in 2017. Ruf was likely to be non-tendered this off season and Sweeney returns to the Dodgers organization (he was acquired by the Phillies in the 2015 Chase Utley deal) after posting a .176/.286/.353 in a short stint with the Phillies in 2015 and and equally unimpressive .233/.299/.345 with Lehigh Valley in 2016.
Kendrick started 112 games at second base in 2015, but played mostly in left field in 2016, 79 of 112 starts. It’s not immediately clear if his arrival will have a greater affect on Phillies’ second baseman Cesar Hernandez or maybe outfielders, Cody Asche and Aaron Altherr. Kendrick will take Ruf’s spot on the 40-man roster which remains at 33.
MLB Trade Rumors reported the trade with some excellent commentary here.