Phillies and RHP Kyle Kendrick avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.675 million contract.

The veteran right-hander posted a disappointing 4.70 ERA last season but held a 3.61 mark over the two previous seasons.

Kendrick, 29, looked to be on his way to another strong season at the All-Star break in 2013 when he had an ERA of 3.68.

Kendrick's 2013 season ended early due to a sore shoulder, but the Phils are confident that it's of no concern. Kendrick finished the year on the 60-day disabled list for shoulder inflammation, which likely contributed to his second-half struggles that saw him post a 6.81 ERA.

The question is what do the Phillies envision for Kendrick?  Do they see him as the No. 3 starter behind aces Cole Hamles and Cliff Lee, or does he slide in at the back of the rotation where he is better sutied as a No. 4 or 5 starter.

Right now, he looks like the No. 3 starter - unless newcomers Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and Roberto Hernandez shine this spring.

With Kendrick now settled, the Phillies will still have to take care of Antonio Bastardo, Ben Revere and John Mayberry.

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