Kendrick, Francisco Tendered Contracts

Thumbnail image for kendrick 0719 2010.jpgThe Phillies will tender contracts to both Kyle Kendrick and Ben Francisco.

Neither is a surprise.

The Phillies have very little starting pitching depth, so non-tendering Kendrick would have been a risk because it would have allowed him to become a free agent. Had Kendrick then signed elsewhere it would have left Vance Worley as the favorite for the fifth starter’s job. We know injuries happen in the rotation, so it’s always good to have depth.

Francisco was a no-brainer. He could be platooning in right field with Domonic Brown or Ross Gload next season.

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Looking for a holiday gift(s)? The 4th annual Philadelphia Sports Book Signing Extravaganza is Friday from 7-10pm at Barnes & Noble, The Court @ Oxford Valley Mall, 210 Commerce Blvd., Fairless Hills, Pa. Ray Didinger, Anthony Gargano, Glen Macnow, Jayson Stark, Randy Miller, Greg Cosell, Reuben Frank, Mark Eckel and myself will be on hand to sign copies of our books and talk sports.

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