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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

On the Beat: Kendrick and Phillies Avoid Arbitration

PBR - The Phillies and Kyle Kendrick have avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $2.45 million contract.

It was the first time in Kendrick's career that he was eligible for arbitration. The Phillies also signed outfielder Ben Francisco to a one-year contract last week to avoid arbitration. They now have no remaining  remaining players eligible for arbitration.

To compare Kendrick's contract to other big-league pitchers, first year eligible Yankees pitchers Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes received $2.7 million and $1.4 million, respectively. Nationals left-hander John Lannan received $2.75 million.

Kendrick, 26, went 11-10 with a 4.73 ERA in 31 starts last year. He will probably be in line to compete for the fifth starting rotation spot if the Phillies get rid of right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton. If not, he will most likely fill a middle reliever spot in the bullpen.

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