By Justin Adkins:
As first reported by SI’s Jon Heyman, the Phillies have signed Kyle Kendrick to a 1 year, $2.45 million contract, avoiding the salary arbitration process with the right hander.
Going into the offseason, Kendrick was projected as a fifth starter candidate for the rotation, likely competing with Vance Worley for the spot.
Of course, that all changed when H2O became the Four Horsemen. Cliff Lee’s arrival has pushed Joe Blanton to the five spot and push Kendrick right out of the rotation.
Of course, the Phillies are rumored to be trying very hard to move Joe Blanton and his $8.5 million salary this year and next, especially since the team now have over $160 million committed to 21 players in 2011. If the Phillies are able to move Blanton, Kendrick and Worley will likely be back in the mix to be the guy other teams cross their fingers they get to face.
With this signing, along with Ben Francisco’s a few days ago, the Phillies have wrapped up the arbitration process. They are unlikely to sign anyone else in free agency, barring injury.
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