After a strong start to the 2013 season, Kyle Kendrick, limped to the finish line of the 2013 season, as he posted a 6.45 ERA in the last 14 times he pitched.
Kendrick’s disappointing finish to the 2013 season, coupled with a DL stint, led many to wonder whether Kendrick’s Phillies career would end with the Phillies not tendering him a contract for 2014.
Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro made it clear to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, that anyone wondering whether Kendrick would return to Philadelphia in 2014, doesn’t need to wonder anymore.
“I don’t know why people are asking about that,” Amaro said when asked if the Phillies plan to tender Kendrick a contract. “We will.”
Zolecki pointed out that Kendrick, who is eligible to become a free-agent after the 2014 season, made 4.5 million dollars in 2013 and as part of the arbitration process will likely receive more than that in 2014, despite posting a 4.70 ERA.
And Zolecki also correctly points out that the Phillies essentially will be bringing Kyle Kendrick back because they don’t have anyone else to take his spot in the rotation.