The Los Angeles Dodgers recently tried to acquire a second baseman but it wasn’t the New York Yankees’ Robinson Cano.

No 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't 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.

Indeed the Dodgers’ mere pursuit of Kendrick indicates they might not be a player for Cano a development that would increase the Yankees’ chances of re-signing their homegrown second baseman.