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Phillies GM Ruben Amaro says he will tender Kyle Kendrick a contract

Sep 28, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

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Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick the second of his two-year, $7.5 million extension signed in February 2012. He’ll be eligible for his fourth and final year of arbitration.

Coming off of a disappointing season —  he has a 4.70 ERA in 182 innings — there was some speculation that he would be non-tendered, but GM Ruben Amaro says the right-hander will be back with the team in 2014, reports CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury:

The team will offer pitcher Kyle Kendrick a contract for 2014.

“Yes,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said when asked the question Saturday evening. “I don’t know why people are asking about that. We will.”

Amaro also recently expressed interest in bringing Roy Halladay back despite his age, injury history, and declining performance. Via Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News:

“I guess I don’t think that way,” Amaro said. “I try not to think in absolutes with him. If we think he’s going to be a viable possibility for us, we’d like to try to bring him back. I’d like to think it’s not the last we’ll see of Doc.”

The Phillies, of course, will have Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee at the top of the rotation, will audition Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, and still have to decide whether or not they will tender John Lannan a contract, so they certainly have starting pitching depth.

  1. mattjg - Sep 29, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Why wouldn’t the Phillies lock up one of the game’s top young pitching prospects? What’s that, you think just because he has a few years of experience and isn’t a good pitcher means he’s not a top prospect? Ruben Amaro sneers at your mathy “rankings” and arbitrary definitions of “prospect.” Those in the game laugh at the so-called experts who would limit the prospect tag to young players with potential Major League skills.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      So what do you think they should do? Cut him and rely on Tyler Cloyd? Go sign some other teams equivalent of Kendrick? Go sign a big free agent?

      I’m no fan of Kendrik, and will be fine if he goes. That said, you need 5 starters, and the guy is a definte #5, and perhaps a 4. If you don’t think they should sign him, who would you have take his spot?

      • biasedhomer - Sep 29, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        Actually, you need 6 or 7 starters at the minimum. Kendrick in the bullpen as a long man/6th starter is a good idea.

        The poster above you though is trying too hard to be sarcastic.

  2. greymares - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    What’s wrong with a .500 pitcher at the end of the rotation.

  3. jlinatl - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Why wouldn’t they tender him? It’s not like they have a rotation set in stone for next spring.

    I expect that they will be one of the more interesting teams in the off season between potential front office moves and personnel moves. The Kendrick tender likely will be pretty close to the bottom of the 10 biggest things in the Phillies off season.

  4. dannythebisforbeast - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Rube why haven’t you offered me a contract. ???

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