Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman sees Kendrick as a good fit.“Howie is gifted on both sides of the ball,” Friedman said. “The off-field, right-center approach fits our ballpark well. The offensive profile, bat-to-ball approach, we feel fits well in the context of our roster. We feel like our middle infield is a real strength for us in 2015.”Speaking of extending Kendrick’s contract, Friedman went so far as to say that “I’m sure those conversations will happen at some point … assuming that things play out well.”Like Kendrick, Rollins had never been traded before this year ‑ a rarity in today’s game. His 15 years in Philadelphia were the longest of any current player with a single team. It allowed the 36-year-old shortstop to record more hits than any player in Phillies franchise history (2,306) and also gave him enough seniority to veto any trade.Rollins said he would have approved trades to the Dodgers and both New York teams, in that order.Why the Dodgers?“One, I’ve always loved blue. That’s my favorite color,” he said. “They’re just winning right at this very moment. Seeing the way they interact on the bench reminds me of Philadelphia, the joy of playing with each other.”That’s an interesting observation, considering the overall lack of chemistry in the Dodgers’ clubhouse at times during 2014. Rollins believes he can be a leader in the room, in spite of his inexperience with his new teammates.Friedman seemed to agree.“Jimmy brings some grit to our team,” Friedman said. “He’s very experienced playing baseball in October. He still has a lot of life in his body. A switch hitter, a good defender. He adds that element of speed to our lineup that we were looking for.”Playing in different leagues on different coasts, Rollins and Kendrick have never crossed paths. Friday, each man said he became a fan of the other from afar. Maybe at some point it won’t be weird seeing Kendrick and Rollins wearing Dodger blue, and everyone with a ticket to Dodger Stadium will be a fan too. Howie Kendrick has been an Angel his entire career, dating to the time he was drafted 12 years ago. Yet he never bought a house near Anaheim, he said, “for the fact that I’ve almost been traded every year.”It finally happened last Thursday, when the Angels shipped the 31-year-old second baseman up the freeway for young pitcher Andrew Heaney. On Friday, Kendrick was introduced at Dodger Stadium. He was wearing his familiar number 47 on the back of an unfamiliar jersey. There were no hard feelings toward the Angels, he said. How could there be when a trade seemed inevitable for so long?“I understood what the Angels were trying to do,” he said. “They needed pitching. Every time somebody called to talk to them it was about me. I knew at some point it was going to be one of those things where if they got the right offer, I was going to be moving.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kendrick probably knew a trade was close at hand when the Angels did not meet Kendrick’s interest level in working on a contract extension earlier in the offseason. He is set to become a free agent in a year.“Luckily enough for me it was a crosstown team,” Kendrick said. “It feels good to be able to go up the freeway and not have to change much, the family aspect of things.”PHOTOS: Howie Kendrick puts on a Dodgers cap and jersey for the first timeKendrick’s two sons, 5-year-old Owen and 3-year-old Tyson, joined him at his press conference Friday. They got new hats, too.The bigger adjustments will be for Kendrick himself. He will have a new ballpark, a new league, and a new double-play partner in Jimmy Rollins after nine seasons pivoting alongside Erick Aybar.