Kyle Kendrick contract: Phillies will offer 2014 deal, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. says


Kendrick is entering his final season of arbitration eligibility.

Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Saturday that Kyle Kendrick would be offered a contract to play for the team in 2014, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"I don't know why people are asking about that," Amaro told reporters. "We will [bring him back]."

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Kendrick has one more year of team control as he enters his fourth season of arbitration eligibility. The 2013 season is the last of a two-year contract worth $7.5 million that the Phillies signed him to in an effort to avoid arbitration.

Despite still being under team control, there had been questions about whether the team might non-tender Kendrick after he posted a 4.70 ERA and 1.40 WHIP over 30 starts in 2013. Due to the nature of arbitration, he would also be due a hefty raise from the $4.5 million he is making this season.

The Phillies have 10 players eligible for arbitration in the offseason, with Kendrick likely to be the highest-paid. Bringing back Kendrick will keep the Phillies' top three starters from 2013 intact. Roy Halladay has a $20 million option to potentially be the number four starter. Both John Lannan and Jonathan Pettibone, each of whom started at least 14 games, remain under team control.

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