Kendrick Agrees to $2.45 Million Deal

Kyle Kendrick avoided aribtration today when he agreed to a one-year, $2.45 million deal with the Phillies.

The contract includes award bonuses.

Kendrick, who was eligible for salary arbitration for the first time, went 11-10 with a 4.73 ERA in 33 appearances (31 starts) last season. He is 35-24 with a 4.69 ERA in 93 appearances (83 starts) in his career.

Gotten a few questions about how the Phillies and Kendrick’s agent came up with that number. Well, it’s actually pretty simple. Look at some of the other first-year eligible pitchers out there and what they got from their teams: Detroit’s Armando Galarraga ($2.3 million) and Toronto’s Brandon Morrow ($2.3 million) are two examples. Arbitration numbers typically are about service time. A notable exception was Ryan Howard a few years ago.

Kendrick, 26, could end up in the bullpen if the Phillies do not trade Joe Blanton before the season starts. He could take Chad Durbin‘s role as the team’s multiple-inning middle reliever. But if the Phillies trade Blanton, Kendrick would be the favorite to be the fifth starter, although he would get some competition from Vance Worley.

The Phillies have no more players eligible for salary arbitration. They agreed to a one-year, $1.175 million deal Saturday with Ben Francisco.


Here are the contract details for J.C. Romero and Delwyn Young:

Romero. A one-year, $1.35 million contract. Performance bonuses: $50,000 for 50 games pitched; $50,000 for 55 games; $50,000 for 60 games; $50,000 for 65 games; $50,000 for 70 games; $50,000 for 30 games finished; $50,000 for 35 games finished; $50,000 for 40 games finished; $50,000 for 45 games finished; $50,000 for 50 games finished. He also receives $50,000 for 100 active roster days; $50,000 for 130 active roster days; and $50,000 for 160 active roster days. Awards bonuses: $50,000 for making the All-Star team; $100,000 for World Series MVP; $50,000 for LCS MVP; $100,000 for Rolaids ($75,000 for 2nd place; $50,000 for 3rd place); $50,000 for Gold Glove; $50,000 for Silver Slugger.

Young. Minor League contract for $17,500 per month. Agreement for Major League contract for $120,000. $575,000 in majors.


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What, no one has a comment on KK’s new contract? 2.45 for a 5th starter or a mid inning RP seems like a lot, but that is the market value. All I can say is KK may end up being thehighest paid AAA player in Philies history.

KK’s contract is market value. We’re a little spoiled here lately because KK would be at least a #4 on half the teams in MLB. Wait till you see the interest in Blanton come spring training. A few months ago they were talking about trading him for a bag of balls just to get rid of the contract. Now, they may get something significant for him without havig to take on any of his contract.

Phan, saw a report today that claims that RAJ is planning on keeping Blanton as #5 to ensure depth in case of injury

I agree, however, we should be able to get 2 decent AA prospects for him and possibly more is a top team loses one of their top 2 starters during the spring. Then again, he may be holding out until the deadline to up the price a contending team will pay.

Either way, I’ve learned to trust RAJ when it comes to wheelin’ and deelin’

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