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.