The offseason for baseball means trying to make deals with players who are facing arbitration. The Philadelphia Phillies had four players they needed to try and negotiate with, and yesterday one deal got completed. That deal was with pitcher Kyle Kendrick, and he will be pitching in Phillies’ pinstripes for another year. Was this is a good deal?
I believe it was. Kendrick’s deal is worth just over $7.5 million plus award bonuses. It is a good deal for a third or fourth starter in the rotation. There are some days you may not know what Kendrick you are going to get, but he has certainly grown. Kendrick is now a strong pitcher you can depend on.
Kendrick has been pitching in the Major Leagues since 2007. He has had his ups and downs, but he’s been able to achieve double digit wins five out of six seasons. He may not have had a winning season in 2013, but the Phillies as a whole didn’t either. Kendrick finished the season at 10-13 with an ERA of 4.38.
Kendrick may have had a losing season and a high ERA, but he had the second most wins on the team with the third most in strikeouts. Kendrick used to be the pitcher who would implode on the mound, but now he can pitch a full game and even pitch a shutout.
Kendrick pitched a career-high 182 innings last season. Maybe in 2014 he will be able to break that record again. Kendrick has grown up in the Phillies organization and worked hard. He deserves this deal along with his spot in the rotation.