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Phillies, Kyle Kendrick avoid arbitration with $3.6 million deal

Jan 13, 2012, 1:19 PM EDT

Kyle Kendrick throwing AP

Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $3.585 million.

Kendrick earned $2.45 million last season in his first year of arbitration eligibility and threw 115 innings with a 3.22 ERA while splitting time between the rotation and bullpen.

He’s slated for a bullpen role this season because the Phillies have Joe Blanton in the fifth spot behind Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, and Vance Worley, but Kendrick will likely be called upon to start at some point.

Kendrick’s career strikeout rate of 4.1 per nine innings is the fourth-worst of any active pitcher with at least 500 innings and his control isn’t even particularly great, yet he has a decent 4.41 ERA in 598 frames through age 26. However, this could be a make-or-break year for Kendrick in Philadelphia, because his salary rising any higher via arbitration next season would strain the payroll for a fifth starter/long reliever.

  1. drunkenhooliganism - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Its never the twenty million dollar a year guys that I think are overpaid, its the kyle Kendricks of the world that get 3.6 million dollars that just confounds me.

    • jwbiii - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      “It isn’t the high price of stars that is expensive, it’s the high price of mediocrity.”
      – Bill Veeck

      But seriously, a 45% bump for an arbitration 2 or 3 player is completely normal.

      • drunkenhooliganism - Jan 13, 2012 at 4:46 PM

        Thanks. That sums my thoughts up perfectly.

  2. muckthefets23 - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:43 PM


  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Orioles or Royals should deal for him. They both need depth.

  4. skeleteeth - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Should have avoided Kyle Kendrick.

  5. drmonkeyarmy - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    My personal feelings about KK aside, the owed it to him for services rendered. Like it or not, the Phillies don’t make the 2007 post season without KK’s contributions (luck or not). Without their incredible September comeback in 2007, I don’t think 2008 happens. Hence, good for Kyle.

  6. Jonny 5 - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Everyone Harshes on Kendrick, but just glancing around. He’s got similar numbers to Phil Hughes if you’re not all hung up on strike outs. Hughes will get a bit more than Kendrick through arbitration. John Maine is another, and he makes a bit more. Like I said, though, If you’re into results more so than Strikes per 9. Kendrick is a ground ball pitcher, so it it is what it is.

    • Kyle - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:23 PM

      Strike outs are kind of a big deal. I’m pretty hung up on them.

      • spudchukar - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:49 PM

        KK and Ks are over-rated.

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 13, 2012 at 3:00 PM

        And that’s fine Kyle, it’s an easy way to see how good a pitcher is. But looking at WHIP and ERA they’re all very similar. All i’m trying to say is that K/9 is a stat that doesn’t reflect on the scoreboard like WHIP does, or HR/9, Where they’re all similar. Kendrick gets more of his outs by getting guys to ground out instead of striking out. I’m not singing his praises, don’t get me wrong, but he does get the job done.

  7. 12strikes - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    I hope they are 3.6 million pesos.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 13, 2012 at 3:43 PM

      Yep. They are. New MLB rule; no one’s paid in USD.

  8. xmatt0926x - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Blahh…. He’s at about the pay limit for mediocre pitchers at this point. When he spot starts you just pray the sinker is on or it’s 5-0 before you can blink.

    • Gonzo - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:46 PM


  9. Kyle - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    My wife’s aunt was Kendrick’s speech therapist for a year in Mount Vernon, Washington when he was like 12. He also has a very tasteful first name. Great story, I know.

  10. Francisco (FC) - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    $3.585 million.

    What? Not $3,585,038 dollars? I guess now he’ll be calling himself tres-ocho…

  11. El Bravo - Jan 13, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Man, the Phils suck ballz.

    • Jonny 5 - Jan 13, 2012 at 3:35 PM


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