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UPDATE: Nats to pay Kennedy $1.25 million, team option for 2011

Feb 5, 2010, 9:51 AM EST

kennedy follow-through.JPGUPDATEHeyman tweets the contract details: $1.25 million plus a $2 million club option for 2011. Not so much, but as Drew notes below, I wish the Nats would take a chance on Ian Desmond to start the season. What do they have to lose?

12:24 A.M.: According to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, the Nationals have agreed to terms with second baseman Adam Kennedy.

Ladson has also been told that Kennedy will serve as the “everyday second baseman” in Washington.  It seems that may change sooner than later, though, considering Ian Desmond hit .354/.428/.461 in 205 plate appearances at Triple-A and probably wouldn’t mind debuting in the bigs at a position other than his native short.  Unless, of course, the Nationals want to deny Cristian Guzman at-bats, which wouldn’t be a terrible idea considering the tumbling stat lines we’ve seen from him the last three years:

Guzman’s 2007 OPS: .846
Guzman’s 2008 OPS: .785
Guzman’s 2009 OPS: .696

Sometimes it doesn’t take much at all to recognize honest regression.  Dare we call this an upgrade?  Or at least a positive?

  1. Josh - Feb 5, 2010 at 7:34 AM

    Kennedy is certainly mediocre, but he’s no worse than Desmond. Sure, the rookie hit well in a limited appearance last season (82 AB .280BA), but look at Desmond’s minor league numbers:
    5+ seasons
    50 HR (wow! 10 a year!)in 2662 PA with a .259 BA and .714 OPS. Prior to the AAA season you refer to, he never hit above .255 at any level, and he has a 5:2 K/BB ratio.
    So, he steals a few bases. So does Guzman. Kennedy probably can, too. I don’t trust a player who spends 5 years in the minors, progressing pretty slowly so it’s not like he’s overmatched, and then has one good year at AAA so now we’re supposed to forget all the other numbers.
    At best, I think the Nats are facing a three-headed monster of mediocrity on the IF in Guzman, Kennedy, and Desmond. But, Lord knows, I’ve been wrong before.

  2. Todd Boss - Feb 5, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    Rizzo (Nats GM) wants an upgraded defense. He traded for Nyger Morgan to shore up center field, he acquired Ivan Rodriguez (one of the games best ever defensive catchers) to mentor our up and coming starter Flores, and now he’s acquired Kennedy as a one-year stop gap.
    Desmond is indeed a great prospect but his minor league fielding numbers are atrocious. Rizzo and the nats braintrust probably have given Desmond 1/2 a year in AAA to work on his defensive numbers before bringing him up.
    This isn’t about hitting (though Kennedy’s numbers are almost identical to Hudson’s last year) as much as it is about fielding.

  3. Union - Feb 5, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    As a Twins fans I’m glad we went out and got Hudson. That being said, I think the Nats got the best deal. You guys just managed to pay Kennedy only $1.25M for the same stats that Hudson put up last year. Hell, even his lifetime stats are not that much different. I think it’s a steal.

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