Kendrick finalized a minor-league contract with the Angels on Sunday, Taylor Ward of InsideTheHalos.com reports. Kendrick and his agent had been working on a deal with the Angels for a little over three weeks, and it looks as though the 31-year-old has agreed to pay his dues in the minors before potentially getting added to the 40-man roster. While Kendrick has been a reliable back-end starter for much of his career, he was a disaster with the Rockies last season, serving up 33 homers en route to an ugly 6.32 ERA over 142.1 innings.
Kendrick is finalizing a deal with the Angels, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The veteran starter was released by the Braves earlier in the month, but he is on the verge of already finding a new home. The Angels are a bit thin at the starting pitcher position with both CJ Wilson and Tyler Skaggs expected to miss the start of the season, so the deal makes some sense in that respect. That being said, Kendrick struggled significantly this spring and hasn't pitched all that well in recent years, so his role will likely be limited.
Kendrick was given an unconditional release by the Braves on Saturday. Kendrick gave no reason to think he is still a viable MLB pitcher during spring training, allowing an astronomical 22.09 ERA and 4.64 WHIP in two starts. The 31-year-old hasn't had a regular season ERA below 4 since 2012 and appears to be at the end of his MLB career. He'll search for another team in free agency, but the fact that the rebuilding Braves have no need for him to eat innings is telling.
Kendrick was charged with three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk in two innings against the Mets on Sunday in his spring debut. A non-roster invitee to major league camp, he is competing for one of the two open spots in the Braves' rotation. Manny Banuelos, Williams Perez, Jhoulys Chacin, and Aaron Blair are all in the mix as well along with Kendrick. The 31-year-old Kendrick is coming off a miserable season in Colorado, and if he were to win a job, would merely be an innings eater for Atlanta until some of their younger arms force their way up to the majors.
Kendrick signed a minor league contract with the Braves on Thursday that includes an invite to spring training, 680 The Fan's Kevin McAlpin reports. The 31-year-old righty managed to go six straight seasons in big league rotations in Philadelphia and Colorado, but he has posted an ERA over 4.60 and K-rate below 15 percent in each of his last three seasons. He could be used as a spot starter for the Braves, specifically early in the year, but they have enough young arms that it is hard to see Kendrick as a legitimate rotation option, even on a team as bad as Atlanta. If Kendrick does compile some big league innings in 2016, his main fantasy value will come from streaming hitters against him in daily leagues.
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