While the Toronto Blue Jays are not buyers in the traditional sense they are looking at ways of addressing needs for 2013 and beyond as the non-waiver trade deadline draws closer.

In recent days the Blue Jays have expressed genuine interest in second baseman Howie Kendrick of the Los Angeles Angels Sportsnet has learned.

Kendrick is an established player in the midst of a strong season but general manager Alex Anthopoulos may simply be doing his due diligence on a capable player known to be available in trade talks.

Kendrick is hitting .301 with a .344 on-base percentage and 11 home runs as the Angels’ primary second baseman in 2013. He has recent experience at first base and in left field but has spent the vast majority of his eight-year MLB career at second base.

The 30-year-old will earn $8.75 million in 2013. He is set to earn $9.35 million in 2014 and $9.5 million in 2015 before hitting free agency.