Eight seasons, 74 wins, and one World Series championship later and the Philadelphia Phillies appear to be saying goodbye to Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick has signed a one-year contract worth $5.5 million dollars with the Colorado Rockies, as reported by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
Kendrick made his major league debut for the Phillies on June 13, 2007 and had a winning record of 74-68 during his time in Philadelphia. He has posted 10 or more wins in six of his eight seasons. The right-hander made one postseason start, a losing effort to the Colorado Rockies in 2007.
While Kendrick may have just signed with the Rockies, it was all but apparent the two parties would not be uniting for a ninth season when the Phillies signed right handed pitcher Chad Billingsley to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million dollars, according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. Billingsley has a career record of 81-61 with an ERA of 3.65, all with the Los Angeles Dodgers since his debut in 2006. Those numbers can be deceiving, as the 30-year-old veteran has not pitched since April 2013 due to Tommy John surgery. His pitching elbow required additional surgery in 2014 as well.
It appears as if the Phillies were willing to take the $1.5 million risk on Billingsley as opposed to the higher price tag associated with Kendrick. That theory will be tested in just 15 days. The countdown to Spring Training continues.