Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies avoided just that on Thursday by agreeing to a one-year, $7.675 million deal that includes award bonuses.
Kendrick’s 2013 was a tale of two halves. In the first half, the righty gave the Phils a serious shot in the arm, going 8-6 with a 3.68 ERA and 13 quality starts. In the second half, Kendrick was a serious liability, going 2-7 with a 6.91 ERA.
As a result, it made Kendrick (10-13, 4.70 ERA) an incredibly tough read.
Yet, the Phillies have a history of avoiding arbitration, and did so with Kendrick, who typically eats up innings — as a starter or in relief — and could very much be the rotation’s No. 3 arm this season behind Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels and ahead of Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, Roberto Hernandez or others.
Ben Revere, John Mayberry Jr. and Antonio Bastardo are still eligible for arbitration hearings. If the Phils and the aforementioned players do not agree to contracts, hearings are scheduled at the start of February.
But for now, it’s Kendrick leading off with a done deal.