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Howie Kendrick, Washington Nationals reportedly agree on contract

Free agent Howie Kendrick has reportedly agreed to a 2 year, $7 million deal with the Washington Nationals

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Howie Kendrick and the Washington Nationals have reportedly agreed to a 2 year, $7 million deal, per various folks on Twitter. Kendrick was a free agent after finishing out a 2 year, $20 million deal he had signed prior to the 2016 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Kendrick had finished the 2017 season with Washington, who had acquired him from the Philadelphia Phillies in July, 2017, for McKenzie Mills and international bonus money. The Dodgers had traded Kendrick to the Phillies after the 2016 season for Darin Ruf and Darnell Sweeney.

Kendrick has gone from being a starting second baseman to a backup leftfielder/first baseman/second baseman, and he’s a useful player in that role, with $7 million over two years being a pretty reasonable contract for him. I know there had been some discussion about whether the Rangers should pursue him for a bench role on LSB, but given the structure of the team’s roster and allocation of bench spots and bullpen spots, it seems unlikely a player with his defensive profile would fit here.