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Friday, January 17, 2014

Phillies and pitcher Kyle Kendrick avoid salary arbitration


By on 1/17/2014 06:00:00 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies headed into this off season with holes to fill and questions to answer after plummeting to a 73-89 record in 2013.  The starting rotation, once a major strength of the team, was uncertain behind Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels.  Miguel Gonzalez was signed out of Cuba, but what to expect from him is anyone's guess.  The Phillies made another move which should solidify the back end of the rotation by avoiding salary arbitration with right-hander Kyle Kendrick.

Joel Sherman, baseball columnist for the New York Post, tweeted the following on Kendrick's status



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MLBTradeRumors.com projected $6.6 million for Kendrick, in what was Kendrick's final year of arbitration eligibility.  Although he had a disappointing 2013 season, Kendrick has been solid the two previous seasons, posting an ERA of 3.61 during that time.

Kendrick was drafted by the Phillies in the 7th round of the 2003 amateur draft. He made his Major League debut on June 13, 2007.  Kendrick has won 10 or more games four times in his career.  He had a career best 3.22 ERA in 2011 in 114 2/3 innings pitched.  In 194 career games, Kendrick is nine games over .500, at 64-55, with an ERA of 4.38. 

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