Should the Phillies Keep Kyle Kendrick Around in 2014?

Kyle Kendrick got knocked around by the Cubs yesterday, the third consecutive start in which he has allowed four or more runs — the sixth such occurrence in his last seven starts. His ERA is up to 4.51, reminiscent of the Kendrick we saw in 2008 and 2010, not in the second half of last season and the first two months of this season.

Kendrick is eligible for his fourth and final year of arbitration after the season, as he will have completed his two-year, $7.5 million contract extension signed in February 2012. Despite the lackluster performance this season, Kendrick would still be in line for a slight raise on 2013’s $4.5 million salary, somewhere in the neighborhood of $5-6 million. The obvious question then must be asked: should the Phillies keep Kendrick around in 2014?

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