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Kendrick to Colorado

February 6th, 2015 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Kendrick to Colorado | Filed in General, Phillies

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Free agent Kyle Kendrick has signed a one year, $5.5 million deal with the Colorado Rockies.

The 30-year-old RHP first signed with the Phillies in 2003, and his MLB debut was June 13, 2007.  After eight seasons and 1138.2 innings pitched for Philadelphia, Kendrick has 622 strikeouts.  For those of you who don’t enjoy math, that boils down to 4.9 strikeouts per nine innings (compared to, say, Cliff Lee’s career 7.6 K/9).  Combined with a 4.22 career ERA and a 74-68 win-loss record, it’s a wonder to me what Colorado was thinking.

Don’t get me wrong; I’ve always liked KK.  He was part of Philadelphia’s 2008 championship team, and he’s always been happy to do whatever is asked of him – whether that has been in the starting rotation or as relief from the bullpen. While I continue to detest some of Kendrick’s professional friendships (looking directly at you, Brett Myers), it’s undeniable that his attitude has always been positive and team-centric. I also maintain that Kendrick spent much of his time in Philadelphia as an underrated pitcher – it would be difficult not to be, though, in the company of Halladay, Lee, and Hamels.

Just as Kendrick has spent time being unappreciated, I’ve spent time defending him.  It hasn’t always been easy – his tendency to give up multiple runs in the first inning or two last season made it tough – but KK has grown from the kid whose only decent pitch was a low-90s sinker.  To be fair, his other pitches – curveball, changeup, and cutter – aren’t exactly stellar; however, he earned my respect for taking the time in the minors to develop them.

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