Phillies, Kendrick Avoid Arbitration
Right-hander Kyle Kendrick has agreed to a one-year, $3.585 million contract with the Phillies, Assistant General Manager Scott Proefrock announced today. Kendrick had been eligible for salary arbitration.
Kendrick, 27, went 8-6 with a 3.22 ERA in 34 games (15 starts) for the Phillies last year. He shuttled between the rotation and the bullpen all season while reaching career bests in ERA and games. In 18 games against the NL East, he went 5-2 with a 2.14 ERA.
The Phillies have three remaining arbitration-eligible players: left-hander Cole Hamels, right fielder Hunter Pence and infielder Wilson Valdez.
Our take: Kendrick has become the long-man/spot starter for the Phillies and is a respectable arm to use in both roles. Meanwhile, the next bring decision will be what to do with Cole Hamels and the mega-deal that he is staring at.
Hamles, 28 is coming off of a career year where he went 14-9 with a 2.79 ERA