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February 04, 2015

Ex-Phillie Kyle Kendrick reportedly reaches one-year deal with Rockies

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Former Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick, left, waits for pitching coach Bob McClure

Right-handed pitcher Kyle Kendrick, who spent his entire eight-year career with the Phillies before becoming a free agent this winter, has reached an agreement with the Colorado Rockies on a one-year, $5.5 million deal, according to multiple reports.

*That’s significantly less than the $7.7 million he made last season with the Phillies.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Kendrick, who had a 4.61 ERA in 199 innings for the Phillies in 2014, will make an additional $500K if he hits 190 innings this season with the Rockies. 

Throughout his time with the Phillies, the 30-year-old pitcher spent time in the starting rotation as well as the bullpen, appearing in 226 games and starting in 185 of them.

Kendrick is 74-68 with a 4.42 ERA and a WHIP of 1.367 in 1138.2 innings pitched. He has a career WAR of 5.6, but has failed to top 2.0 since 2007 (2.2), his rookie year. In 2014, Kendrick was completely average, with a 0.0 WAR.

In 37.2 innings at Coors Field, Kendrick has a 5.26 ERA* and has allowed 46 hits, 22 runs, and five home runs.

*His second-worst ERA among ballparks in which he’s thrown more than 30 innings.

Kendrick’s departure means Cole Hamels is the lone pitcher remaining from the 2008 Phillies World Series team. The only position players left are Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz.