Phillies Avoid Arbitration with Kyle Kendrick

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.

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Phillies Will Have Maikel Franco Split Time Between Third and First Base

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.”

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