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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

On the Beat: Kendrick: Arbitration Exchange

PBR - Today is arbitration exchange day, in other words, the day in which teams and players eligible for arbitration exchange potential contracts that each side decided would be a fair salary for the player in 2011.

After the Phillies signed outfielder Ben Francisco to a one-year contract last week, the Phillies lone arbitration case on the team is right-handed pitcher Kyle Kendrick.

In December the Phillies offered Kendrick arbitration which guarantees him a contract for the 2011 season. In early January, the Phillies and Kendrick separately came up with a figure that each side thought would be a fair contract that is to be used if the two could not reach a contract agreement prior to arbitration exchange day.

Today, the Phillies and Kendrick will reveal the specifics of their respective deals and try come to an agreement between the two contracts. The Phillies are probably looking to sign Kendrick for around $2 million, but if they are unable to reach a deal, the case will go before a judge and he/she will choose a salary (between the player's or the team's) that he/she deems fair.

Kendrick, 26, went 11-10 with a 4.73 ERA in 33 games last year. If the Phillies are serious about possibly dealing right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton to clear some salary room, a contract agreement for Kendrick this year is vital to the team's success.

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