the Dodgers’ target was the Los Angeles Angels’ Howie Kendrick, and the two sides held extensive trade discussions before the July 31 non-waiver deadline, according to major-league sources.
The Angels proposed a deal that included one of the Dodgers’ top pitching prospects, Double A right-hander Zach Lee, sources said. One source said the talks went right down to the deadline. It is unclear which team blinked.
The trade would have been a stunner – the Los Angeles teams haven’t completed a deal since the Dodgers sent outfielder Orlando Alvarez to the Angels for catcher Ellie Rodriguez in March 1976, according to STATS LLC.
Kendrick, 30, can not block a deal to the Dodgers – his contract includes a 12-team no-trade list for the 2013 season, but the Dodgers are not on that list, a source said.
The Dodgers could revive their pursuit of Kendrick in the offseason rather than attempt to sign Cano, a potential free agent who might command a contract of more than $150 million.