Kendrick Gets A Well Deserved Extension

20 Feb
Phils/Kendrick sign two-year, $7.5 million pact

Photo: MATT SLOCUM

Yeah, I know this is yesterday’s news, but I guess I just wanted to touch on it for a second.

I don’t get why people are so down on this extension for Kyle Kendrick.  Kyle’s versatility really has been pretty invaluable to the Phillies over the last two seasons.  Last season Kendrick went 8-6 with a 3.22 ERA in 34 games, 15 of which were starts.  His versatility makes him well worth the investment.  He’s not Roy Halladay, and he’s not Cliff Lee, but he’s a pretty solid number 5 and long-man.  He can fill just about any pitching role that’s needed on any night.

Kyle has really come a long way as a pitcher.  Ever since the Phillies acquired Roy Halladay, Kyle has done his best to emulate Roy, and learn from him.  He’s added more pitches to his repertoire after being criticized for being a one-pitch pitcher, and not only that he changed his workouts and methods of preparation that have made him stronger.

Not every pitcher on our staff is going to be a $20 Million superstar.  This contract is totally in line with what he brings to the table.  He was going to be eligible for arbitration next season as well, and this was a smart move to keep him happy, and it may actually save the club some money in the long run.  All I’m trying to say is that you shouldn’t be down on Kyle Kendrick when you consider what he brings to the table.

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3 Responses to “Kendrick Gets A Well Deserved Extension”

  1. mlblogsbarbward February 21, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    I agree with you. Kendrick proved his worth last season. He filled in whenever/ where ever he was needed be it starter, replacement and anywhere in between. He does it without complaining too. I like Kendrick and am glad for the extension.He shows that he’s a good team player.

    • David February 29, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

      Sorry, links get cgauht up in spam just approved this. Excellent point with respect to what they would do with him. They have to weigh the risks here tender him and hope to trade him, but deal with paying him $4.5 million if you can’t. Plus, let’s be realistic, no team is going to trade anything of value for Kendrick AND pay him the $4.5 million from the contract tender. Teams view guys like Kendrick as valuable when they don’t make any money. Teams will sign Kendrick for $1-2 million after he’s non-tendered they won’t trade for him if he already costs $4.5 million.The other guys carry injury risks, sure, but so do all pitchers. Just because Kendrick hasn’t been significantly hurt yet doesn’t mean he has some injury-avoiding abilities.

  2. Reshad February 29, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    Are we under the apuomstisn that Vance Worley wouldn’t at least be equivalent to Kendrick while making the Major League Minimum? Even if Oswalt is bought out, Worley gives us our #5 starter. And assuming that Oswalt is back next year, keeping Kendrick once again gives us 7 starters something we don’t really need.I love the idea of having a #6 guy spot starter/swingman/mop-up man. But teams can thrive without one. Worley/Blanton whomever’s performance doesn’t merit a regular rotation spot become that guy in the case that Little Roy is back. But if not, David Herndon fills the role of mop-up guy quite nicely, and the team can get by without Kendrick. Were his performance likely to surpass that of Worley’s, I would say tender him but based on the moderately small sample size that has been this season, that doesn’t seem likely.

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