Angels, Kendrick Agree To Four-Year Deal

The Angels have reached an agreement with Howie Kendrick on a four-year contract, the team announced. The deal is worth $33.5MM, Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times tweets.  It will cover the 28-year-old's final year of arbitration and first three years of free agency.

Kendrick is coming off of his best season to date as he hit .285/.338/.464 with 18 homers in 583 plate appearances. Earlier this week, GM Jerry Dipoto confirmed that he opened up talks with the agents for Kendrick and Erick Aybar.  Like Kendrick, Aybar also has one year of arbitration eligibility remaining.

Last night, our own Mark Polishuk examined the second baseman's case for an extension.  According to MLBTR's projections, Kendrick was set to earn $5.2MM in 2012 through arbitration.

By signing an extension with the Angels, Kendrick avoids having to contend with fellow second baseman Brandon Phillips on the open market next offseason.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported the deal and Bob Nightengale of USA Today added the contract value. 


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168 Comments on "Angels, Kendrick Agree To Four-Year Deal"


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diesel2410
3 years 5 months ago

Should be under $40 million. Otherwise the Halos made a mistake. IMO

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PushDown
3 years 5 months ago

I’m sure 4/36 or even 4/32 will do the trick.

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diesel2410
3 years 5 months ago

Yep, I was just gonna edit and say anything over 4/36 would be a mistake. 4/32 is a good deal

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3 years 5 months ago

This is bad news for the Rangers. The Angels are going to be a very tough team for the next couple of years.

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diesel2410
3 years 5 months ago

They still need to add another piece to their offense to win the division though. But I agree, their future looks good

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Leonard Washington
3 years 5 months ago

The Angels have a great rotation so I don’t think its as simple as who has the best offense. The Angels offense is not gonna be that much worse than the Rangers moving forward. If Trout develops correctly and Morales puts in a healthy season they might be even better.

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3 years 5 months ago

I disagree. They can win the division with what they’ve got. Their rotation is great and there offense is pretty good. Vernon is gonna be better in 2012 (can’t possibly do worse) so that’s another weapon. Also, Kendry is an important variable. If he has a good year then that’s even more offense.

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vtadave
3 years 5 months ago

Yep.  Not sure I like Aybar/Kendrick at the top, but this is still pretty good:

SS Aybar
2B Kendrick
1B Pujols
RF Hunter
DH Morales
LF Wells
C Iannetta
3B Callaspo

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3 years 5 months ago

lol Vernon Wells a weapon………

Guest
3 years 5 months ago

Last year he wasn’t great- 25HR’s but still a horrible year offensively…  2010 was an AllStar pretty good year for him, if he can stay healthy and did what he did in 2010 then yeah we can give the Rangers a run for their money

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melonis_rex
3 years 5 months ago

If by “weapon” you mean “adequate 4th outfielder” as opposed to “$20MM DFA candidate”, then yes. 

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3 years 5 months ago

I see no reason why he can’t hit 25 homers/85 RBI with his career slash line. That’s a pretty good player.

Guest
3 years 5 months ago

stop using RBIs as a stat to define how good a player is

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melonis_rex
3 years 5 months ago

If by “weapon” you mean “adequate 4th outfielder” as opposed to “$20MM DFA candidate”, then yes. 

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melonis_rex
3 years 5 months ago

If by “weapon” you mean “adequate 4th outfielder” as opposed to “$20MM DFA candidate”, then yes. 

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PushDown
3 years 5 months ago

The Rangers are not too shabby themselves. I’m really stoked about the fact that we might have an intense, competitive rivalry. It’ll be fun to watch.

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MetsMagic
3 years 5 months ago

It is going to be an extreme dogfight for the division for a while, but there isn’t a clear cut favorite. The division has been won by either the Rangers or Angels the past five years.

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Guest
3 years 5 months ago

especially if the rangers sign darvish….it will be very interesting

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3 years 5 months ago

I wouldn’t be too worried if I were you. You still have the better line-up.

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OCAngels
3 years 5 months ago

they just need to lock them up with extensions

Guest
3 years 5 months ago

 take Angels System Napoli out of there and they’re done.

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3 years 5 months ago

It’s probably gonna be more than “a couple years”…

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PushDown
3 years 5 months ago

There’s really not that many significantly better options out there, at least that they Angels can get, and Howie still has some upside. Jerry Dipoto really looks like he knows what he’s doing. Great move.

Oh also, Howard’s TV got their mascot locked up for 4 more painful years.

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notsureifsrs
3 years 5 months ago

you think he has upside beyond 6 WAR? i doubt that

still a good deal assuming a reasonable salary, but he’s likelier to be a 3-4 WAR guy going forward than 5-6

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PushDown
3 years 5 months ago

I understand your point. But I watched most of the games last year, and Howie always hit the ball hard, but right at someone. I guess he’s just a really unlucky dude, but if some of those lines fell, his numbers would be much higher. But numbers don’t lie, so maybe Howie was meant to be a 3-4 war guy. I’m just saying, he has a legitimate chance at being better.

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3 years 5 months ago

Howie is about to be that 5 WAR guy, defense pulling him to either side by half a win. He still strikes out too much, but that 33.5M (my yearly guess is 5-8-9-10, 1.5M bonus) seems just fine.

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PushDown
3 years 5 months ago

At 33.5M, this is a pretty sweet deal. Also, I don’t wanna seem TOO optimistic, but yes, Kendrick did strike out a lot. BUT his problem was the slow stuff. He could handle fastballs, but his sweet swing would always be messed up by a curve or a change. Why do I bring this up? If Kendrick was to bat in front of Pujols (which I hope he will, I think he could be the one to do the most damage) I think its a fair assumption that he would see more fastballs, in which case I would hope he’d put up even better numbers.

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PushDown
3 years 5 months ago

At 33.5M, this is a pretty sweet deal. Also, I don’t wanna seem TOO optimistic, but yes, Kendrick did strike out a lot. BUT his problem was the slow stuff. He could handle fastballs, but his sweet swing would always be messed up by a curve or a change. Why do I bring this up? If Kendrick was to bat in front of Pujols (which I hope he will, I think he could be the one to do the most damage) I think its a fair assumption that he would see more fastballs, in which case I would hope he’d put up even better numbers.

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hossmandu
3 years 5 months ago

strikeouts will be waaaaay down hitting in front of Pujols.  Everything else will go up.  Several career years coming.  Guy absolutely mashes fastballs, and he’s going to see a ton of fastballs.

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3 years 5 months ago

The Mlbtr team makes a contract extension post about Howie Kendrick and then less than a full day the Angels extend him.

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Lastings
3 years 5 months ago

Someone throw them a cookie for that…

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diesel2410
3 years 5 months ago

Psychic. 

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Lastings
3 years 5 months ago

Thanks to this lady, I’ll never believe in psychics again…

Guest
3 years 5 months ago

HA!

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cookmeister
3 years 5 months ago

A day or 2 before this post DiPoto said that they had contacted Aybar and Kendricks agent for extension talks, so might as well throw DiPoto a cookie too

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3 years 5 months ago

Im cool with it, I can easily see him improve to being a .300 hitter with 15-20HR’s/year.  I am very glad to see another homegrown talent signed to a multi-year deal.(Weaver)   

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3 years 5 months ago

Love it. Howie is a very solid player, just entering his prime. Great to have him locked in for the next 4 years