The Washington Nationals have resigned versatile infielder and outfielder Howie Kendrick to a two-year, $7 million deal, per Bob Nightendale of ESPN.
Kendrick, 34, impressed Nationals' executives after he had a strong second half of the season. He was acquired at the trade deadline from the Philadelphia Phillies. In the hopes of playing long into the postseason, the Nationals relied on Kendrick to be a boost for the team, which he certainly was.
After Bryce Harper spent a few weeks on the disabled list, Kendrick found himself playing a lot of nights in the outfield. For the next two seasons, the Nationals plan on using Kendrick as someone who can play in the outfield and on the diamond.
Also, the Nationals could look to use Kendrick as a trade chip in the future. If he has another standout season in his mid-30's, then he could be a valuable player at the trade deadline.
Kendrick, put together all-star numbers last season. He owned a slash line of .315/.368/.475 with the Phillies and Nationals. He also collected 9 home runs and drove in 41 runs in 305 at-bats.
Kendrick calling home on the east coast is a new thing for him, as he has played most of his career in California with the Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers prior to joining the Phillies' organization before the 2017 season.
This week in baseball featured a lot of news. This past extended weekend featured a lot of Memorial Day festivities to honor the men and women who have risked their lives to protect the citizens of the United States of America.
Here is a recap of what happened this week:
Angels' superstar outfielder Mike Trout, is expected to miss 6-8 weeks of baseball action, due to a torn thumb ligament. He had surgery on Wednesday (5/31). He injured his thumb, when he was sliding into second base on Sunday.
Former Republican Presidential Candidate and the 43rd Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, dropped out of the running to purchase the Miami Marlins. Bush was expected to be the control person of the group of investors trying to purchase the team.
Nationals' OF Bryce Harper and Giants' RHP Hunter Strickland were the leaders of a brawl, which broke out between the two teams. Strickland threw a 98 MPH fastball at Harper's hip. Harper charged the mound, leading to several punches between the duo. Harper was originally suspended 4 games for his actions, but the suspension was reduced to 3 games, while Strickland was suspended for 6 games.
The Cardinals decided to release veteran reliever Jonathan Broxton. The 33-year-old righty struggled, a lot early, as he posted a 6.89 ERA in just 15.2 innings.
The Rangers also cut one their former star relievers. They decided on Thursday to designate RHP Sam Dyson for assignment. Their intent is to trade the former closer. Dyson struggled early on, as he has allowed 20 earned runs and 31 hits in 16.2 innings. Dyson owns an ERA of 10.80.