The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a one-year, $3.585 million deal with pitcher Kyle Kendrick that will enable the two sides to avoid arbitration. Kendrick was a valuable part of the pitching staff in 2011, beginning the season as a long reliever before filling in as a starter when Joe Blanton and Roy Oswalt got hurt.
Kendrick finished the year 8-6 with a 3.22 ERA in 114.2 innings pitched. He appeared in 32 games, 17 as a reliever and 15 as a starter. His strikeout rate is still among the lowest in the league but he kept his walks down (2.4/9) and was able to post the best ERA and strikeout to walk ratio of his five-year career.
Kendrick initially debuted for the Phillies in 2007, going 10-4 with a 3.87 ERA as a pleasant surprise addition to the rotation. The rookie helped the team capture the NL East, although his only postseason start was a disaster (5 ER in 3.2 IP).
Kendrick struggled in 2008, posting a 5.49 ERA in 30 starts and was left off the postseason roster. He ended up starting 30 games in 2010 again, posting a 4.73 ERA. He remains a valuable part of the Phillies, in spite of his career 96 adjusted ERA, because of his versatility: he can provide help as both a relief pitcher and a starter.