Why You Should Like The Kyle Kendrick Signing
Incase you haven’t heard in the midst of all the football, the Boston Red Sox inked 32-year-old right-hander Kyle Kendrick to a minor-league deal with a spring invite. Evan Drelich of the Boston Herald reported that Kendrick could earn $1 million at the major league level and the deal includes multiple opt-out dates that the starter can exercise.
Here is why I like the deal for the Red Sox: it’s your classic low-risk, high-reward deal for the Red Sox as they add an extra arm to the fold for Spring Training. The veteran spent eight seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies positing a 74-68 record with a 4.42 ERA over 185 starts. He put together back-to-back solid seasons in 2013 and 2014 where he eclipsed 180 innings in each and led to him signing a deal with the Colorado Rockies.
Kendrick was the 2015 opening day starter, but that is also the last time he pitched in the majors after Coors Field took yet another victim. Kendrick posted a 7-13 record over 142 innings and allowed a league-leading 33 home runs with a 6.32 ERA. Kendrick attempted a comeback in 2016, but didn’t get back to that level making 19 starts in Triple-A for the Angels going 7-6 with a 4.42 ERA over 105 innings.
Kendrick has had the success in the past, but clearly has to overcome hurdles to get back to an elite level where he can start in the major leagues again. However, after trading away Clay Buchholz and with lingering question marks surrounding Steven Wright, Drew Pomeranz and Eduardo Rodriguez the Red Sox could use an additional arm to compete for a spot and at least provide depth. Boston had to utilize Sean O’Sullivan in a similar-role last season and while Kendrick may not be Clay Buchholz, he certainly possesses much more upside than O’ Sullivan did last season.
I like the Kyle Kendrick signing for the Red Sox and for him. He’s going to an organization that has recently rejuvenated a struggling right-hander’s career and has a shot, due to some injury concerns, to compete for a starting position. At the very least, he has himself a good Spring with Boston and can opt-out where he can get a shot to take the ball every fifth day elsewhere across the league.
The Red Sox have a lot invested into the front-end of their rotation with Rick Porcello, Chris Sale and David Price so why not add some insurance at the back-end and give a veteran with experience a shot to compete this Spring.
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