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Phillies, Kendrick Avoid Arbitration



From the beginning, Ruben Amaro Jr. made it clear that Kyle Kendrick would return to the Phillies. Today, that became a reality as the two sides avoided arbitration. Kendrick inked a one-year, $7.675 million contract with incentives that could push the total salary higher.

Kendrick, 29, was Jekyll & Hyde last season, starting off with an impressive stretch of starts in April and May in which he compiled seven straight outings of six innings or more and two runs or less. Included was a complete game shutout at Citi Field on April 26.

But the wheels fell off and Kendrick’s ERA – which sat at 2.82 in mid-May – ballooned to 4.70 by seasons end.

Overall, it was an uninspiring 2013, but a 10-13 record with a 1.0 WAR gets you nearly $8 million per season in this insane new MLB. Kendrick will likely slot in as the third or fourth starter with rotation-mates Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, and Roberto Hernandez. The final spot is certainly up for grabs with Miguel A. Gonzalez getting a look during spring training, as well as Jonathan Pettibone.

While it would seem to be a ridiculous amount, it’s actually the going rate for a pitcher of Kendrick’s ilk. The issue with the fan base seems to be that the Phillies continue to count on players that have led to their downfall over the past two seasons.



  1. Schmotzy311

    January 16, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    The worst Is how raj already has kk and Hernandez penciled in the rotation. Which is ridiculous they should each have to earn a spot during spring training cuz in my eyes they are anything but locks. But then again Ruben doesn’t have common baseball sense.

    • schmenkman

      January 16, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      I don’t know about that. If the Phillies had Phil Hughes, or Jason Vargas, or Bronson Arroyo, would they be locks? None of them are any better than Kendrick.

  2. Schmotzy311

    January 16, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    For the first two, agreed but arroyo is a marginally better pitcher than Kendrick. I just don’t think you should be guaranteeing a spot to especially Hernandez with some of the young arms they have I and everything i just think it’s pretty close minded to hand him a spot. I just think it should be earned.

    • schmenkman

      January 16, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      I haven’t seen anything about guarantees, but I expect its theirs to lose. But then again I don’t believe in using a 25-game sample in the spring to determine things like that, when you have a mix of major and minor leaguers at various states of readiness. Just by the way, who are the young arms? Pettibone, yes, but anybody else who would be ready in April?

  3. Schmotzy311

    January 16, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    And what was Kendrick’s era like 6 after June 1st? I just think there were better options they could’ve exhausted rather than immediately resigning him I don’t think teams would’ve been lining up for him and they most likely could have resigned him later in the offseason or replaced him with someone else

    • schmenkman

      January 16, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      I think that when Vargas got 4 yrs and $32 million, and Hughes got 3 yrs for $24 M, Kendrick would have been seen as a bargain by other teams at 1 yr for $7.7.

  4. Phillies fan from Germany

    January 17, 2014 at 3:09 am

    Short term deal at the market rate. In my opinion thats exactly what Amaro has to do. Keeps outside chances to be at least somewhat in contention in 2014 (meaning staying around .500 as long as possible and then hope everything breaks right) without sacrificing anything that comes after 2015 when the Phillies might besome big players again when most of the contract for the aging core run out.

    Really, I am more or less satisfied with this offseason so far. RAJ’s big mistake are from the the seasons before and can’t be fixed this offseason.

  5. Psujoe

    January 17, 2014 at 11:09 am

    KK at $7.7 for one year is a good signing. Need a lot of $$$ to come off the books.

  6. Chris

    January 17, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Blech. No reason to watch this team next year.

    • Lefty

      January 17, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      I agree. In fact I think 81 season ticket holders that sit in sections 129, 130. 131 and 132 should each forfeit a pair of free tickets for one game to me. I promise to be there no matter how much of a drag it will be to sit through. You know what they say, it’s a tough job but someone has to do it.

  7. Ken Bland

    January 18, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I don’t see much issue in the amount of money Kendrick got. Even a rocket scientists couldn’t understand the deeper into space payments than lunacy allowed at some point, whenever that was.

    It’s the one year that’s most telling. Kendrick comes out of a 2 year deal, which, despite his quasi effectiveness made sense because it saved some money by buying out his arb years, and one could sense the organization liked him well enough. But now, he’s up against arb 1 more year, before eligibility for free agency comes after 2015. So, by quirk of fate, he lives up to what’s been fantasy to date, maybe next off season, he costs I dunno…what…10-12 mil?

    So I guess maybe we’ve reached a point where even the club views his days as sort of numbered, or less secure/ I mean, they coulda gone 2 years at 13, 14 mil, and I would think KK woulda said cool. Might have made him a little more tradable, if it comes to it, too. It’s the same as it’s always been. Don’t lose sleep over letting him walk, but if you are gonna keep him, sign him for a tenure that makes sense with the system. Two years seems to have been that number. I just don’t know that the minors contain enough legitimacy to fill 4 or 5 above KK in the next 2 years. By publicity standards, maybe. By reality, pretty different tale.

    But a seemingly good guy gets to live higher off the hog, and that’s cool by me.

    • hk

      January 19, 2014 at 6:27 am

      It seems unlikely that KK – actually his agent – would take $13M or $14M for 2 years after he just got $7.675M for his last season before he reaches free agency. He just saw lesser pitchers like Hughes and Vargas get $8M AAV for multiple years. Why would he delay free agency another year while taking a pay cut from his 2014 salary?

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