Phillies avoid arbitration with Kyle Kendrick

Phillies avoid arbitration with Kyle Kendrick

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January 16, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Kyle Kendrick came to terms on a one-year deal worth $7.675 million with the Phillies on Thursday. (USA Today Images)

The Phillies came to terms on a one-year contract with right-handed pitcher, Kyle Kendrick, it was announced on Thursday evening. The deal is worth a reported $7.675 million, a big raise from the $4.5 million Kendrick earned in 2013.

By signing Kendrick, the Phillies avoided arbitration with the seven-year veteran. Ben Revere, John Mayberry Jr. and Antonio Bastardo are the remaining players on the roster eligible for arbitration.

The Phillies will exchange salary figures with the three remaining players on Friday, though the team is negotiating on contract terms with the players.

Kendrick went 10-13 with a 4.70 ERA last season, pitching a career-high 182 innings with two complete games. However, Kendrick’s effectiveness waned during the second half of the season. The righty was 8-6 with a 3.68 ERA before the All-Star break and 2-7 with a 6.91 ERA and opponents batted .333 against him after the break.

Kendrick’s ineffectiveness during the second half of the season could have been related to an injury that forced the team to shut down the pitcher after a 6-1 loss in Washington on Sept. 13.

Still, Kendrick has been quite versatile for the Phillies, working as a starter and a reliever during the 2011 and 2012 season. He is 64-55 with a 4.38 ERA and has won 10-plus games in four seasons during his career.

With Kendrick slated for the rotation, the Phillies’ starting staff features Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, newly-acquired Roberto Hernandez and, possibly, highly-touted Cuban expatriate, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez.