Assembling Howie Kendrick Trade Packages for Top 5 Potential Suitors

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Assembling Howie Kendrick Trade Packages for Top 5 Potential Suitors
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Kendrick is one of the Angels' few potential trade chips with value.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports tweeted that the Angels were "open for business" and mentioned second baseman Howie Kendrick as a possible trade candidate.

Considering that the Angels don't have much else of value to shop—Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson have full no-trade clauses, Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo are cornerstone pieces to build around and Scott Downs has already been traded—it makes sense to at least listen on the 30-year-old Kendrick. 

The former All-Star hasn't turned out to be the perennial batting champ contender that some scouts thought he would be as a prospect, but he's a solid defender who brings solid tools across the board. He's posted a .292 career batting average with an average of 12 homers, 66 runs batted in, 31 doubles and 13 stolen bases from 2009 through 2012.

He's hitting .301 this season and is on pace for 17 homers and 67 runs batted in. 

Signed through the 2015 season ($9.35 million in 2014, $9.5 million in 2015), interest in Kendrick might not be limited to teams in the thick of the playoff race. He can, however, block trades to 12 teams this season. That list of teams would've been submitted prior to the season and is unknown at this time. 

If Chase Utley stays put in PhiladelphiaJon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that teams are being told he's unavailable as they work towards a contract extension—Kendrick's value could get a boost for teams that could use an upgrade at second base. 

Here are five contending teams that could have interest and potential trade packages it would take to land him. All five trade packages include a major league-ready or nearly major league-ready replacement for Kendrick and young pitching. 

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