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Phillies and Kyle Kendrick avoid arbitration on one-year deal

Jan 16, 2014, 7:42 PM EDT

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The Phillies and right-hander Kyle Kendrick have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.675 million contract. The deal includes award bonuses.

Kendrick just finished up a two-year, $7.5 million extension and is arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter. The 29-year-old got off to an excellent start last season, but ended up with a 4.70 ERA over 182 innings before being shut down with shoulder inflammation. While his salary continues to rise, the Phillies see enough value to keep him around.

Kendrick projects to slot behind Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels in Philadelphia’s starting rotation in 2014. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and Roberto Hernandez are the top two candidates for the remaining spots.

  1. rjmarrella - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    KK, I ain’t mad at ya! You’ve come a long way and definitely paid your dues.

  2. captainwisdom8888 - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Kendrick is definitely perceived as an “average at best” starter in the bigs, but he never fails to surprise you each and every year with LONG stretches as the Phillies most consistently reliable starting pitcher. He must be very used to exceeding the expectations of others…

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