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.