Kyle Kendrick will be wearing red for at least two more years.
The Phillies have come to terms with the right-handed Kendrick on a two year, $7.5 million contract. Kendrick can be valuable to Philadelphia because of his versatility. He's penciled in as a starter currently, but has shown the ability to come out of the bullpen if need be.
Last year Kendrick was excellent, posting a 3.22 ERA in 34 appearances, including 15 starts. With the loss of Roy Oswalt to free agency, Kendrick will likely see an increased role. The 27-year-old has never pitched 200 innings in a season, so it's logical to wonder if manager Charlie Manuel will ease him back into a full-time starting spot.
The move has been a source of heated contention among the masses. It will be interesting to see how Spring Training plays out with high expectations riding on this club. The pitching is still loaded with Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee.
All Kendrick has to do is be adequate and healthy. Time will tell.