D-backs discussing free-agent Kendrick as option at second base

FOXSports.com MLB Insider Jon Paul Morosi is reporting that the Diamondbacks are having ongoing discussions with free-agent second baseman Howie Kendrick, most recently of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Morosi, citing major-league sources, says no deal is close.

Kendrick, 32, is a .293 career hitter who has spent most of his 10-year major-league career with the Los Angeles Angels. He became a free agent after rejecting a one-year $15.8 million qualifying offer from the Dodgers. He hit .295 with nine home runs for the Dodgers last season while earning $9.5 million. He's hit .279 or better in each season of his career.

Chris Owings, who moved from shortstop to second base in 2015, is the Diamondbacks' incumbent second baseman. He's coming off a down season in which he hit .227 in 147 games.

Veteran Aaron Hill, minor-league prospect Brandon Drury and utility infielder Phil Gosselin are also internal candidates to play second base.