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Kyle Kendrick went 10-13 with a 4.70 ERA this season with the Phillies. (USA Today Images)
ATLANTA -- One of the Phillies’ offseason questions appears to have been answered.
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.”
“Yeah,” Amaro said.
Teams have to offer contracts to arbitration-eligible players by Dec. 2.
Amaro could always change his mind on Kendrick, but it’s doubtful he will. The Phillies need starting pitching depth. That has been evident in the final week of the season as the bullpen has had to fill three starts. The Phils also need bullpen depth andKendrick has worked as a reliever.
Being tendered a contract doesn’t guarantee that Kendrick will be a Phillie in 2014. The team still has the flexibility to trade him before or after the arbitration process or if he signs without going through the process. Kendrick made $4.5 million this season.
Kendrick’s future with the club came into question recently as the 29-year-old right-hander posted a 6.45 ERA over his final 14 starts. Kendrick admitted to pitching with a sore shoulder during that period and is now on the disabled list. An MRI ruled out a serious problem and he has begun a throwing program and says he is feeling better.
In his first 16 starts this season, Kendrick had a 3.46 ERA. He finished last season with a 3.20 ERA in his final 12 starts.
The Phils have just two sure-things -- Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee -- returning to their rotation next season. Cuban defector Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is expected to hold down another spot. Gonzalez is working out at the team's facility in Clearwater, Fla.