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Phillies, Kendrick Ink One-Year Deal

Kendrick's back for another year.

From the Phillies:

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.

-As you’ll note in my roster and payroll projections post from last month, I hit the nail on the head. Kendrick got a $3.5 million, one-year pact from the Phillies, which was what I assumed it would come down to, roughly. This is a necessary move for the Phillies. They need the long man/swing man to come in should Joe Blanton deal with injuries again or if Vance Worley is to go through a sophomore slump. The fact is, Kendrick exceeded expectations last year in a myriad of roles.

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