According a breaking report by SI.com's Jon Heyman, right-hander Kyle Kendrick has avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to one-year, $2.45 million deal with the Phillies, which will include performance bonuses.
Beerleaguer: For the sake of comparison, first-time arbitration eligible hurlers Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain received $2.7 million and $1.4 million, respectively, from the Yankees, John Lannan took home $2.75 million from the Nationals, Detroit right-hander Armando Galarraga got $2.35 million, Blue Jays hurler Brandon Morrow earned $2.3 million and Tampa Bay right-hander Andy Sonnanstine settled for 913K. In four seasons, Kendrick, considered the spring training favorite to emerge as the Phillies fifth starter if the club does indeed find a suitor for Joe Blanton, is 35-24 with a 4.69 ERA in 483 and 2-3 career innings, spanning four seasons. That's more wins and the second-most innings (second to Lannan) of any of the pitchers on this list, but a higher ERA than most of them.
All things considered, KK and the Phils settled on a reasonable figure. Someone had to win those games and shoulder the innings. Kendrick emerged from nowhere and helped bail them out in the summer pitching crisis of 2007. He's been up and down since then, yeah, but he held on for 31 starts (180 innings) last season. Pay the guy.