The Phillies have avoided arbitration with Kyle Kendrick in his fourth and final year, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $7.675 million, per the Phillies official Twitter. The deal includes award bonuses. The two sides had previously agreed to a two-year deal worth a total of $7.5 million in February 2012. The latest deal represents a pay raise of more than $3 million over last season.
Per CSN Philly’s Corey Seidman, the Phillies plan to have top prospect Maikel Franco split time between third and first base in 2014 with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Initial reports indicated that Franco would primarily play first base, but GM Ruben Amaro clarified:
“Its not the case, he’s not gonna be primarily first base,” Amaro said. “He’s a third baseman, he may get some work at first base, but he’s primarily a third baseman.”