Kendrick signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox on Wednesday that includes an invite to spring training, ESPN.com reports. Kendrick was knocked around to the tune of a 6.32 ERA in 27 starts for the Rockies in 2015 and then failed to crack the Angels' roster at any point last year (4.72 ERA, 1.29 WHIP at Triple-A Salt Lake). Chances are, Kendrick will once again serve as depth in the minors. Perhaps he will get a look with the big club eventually, but it would probably be as a long reliever and only if the bullpen is severely taxed and the Red Sox need someone to eat innings.
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.