Nationals Reach Two-Year Agreement To Bring Back Howie Kendrick

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Nick Wass, Associated Press

The Washington Nationals and veteran utilityman Howie Kendrick have agreed on a two-year deal worth $7 million pending a physical, several sources reported on Monday.

Kendrick, 34, hit .293/.343/.494 with seven homers and 25 RBIs in 52 games for the Nationals in 2017 after being acquired by the Philadelphia Phillies prior to the trade deadline.

In 12 Major League seasons since 2006, Kendrick’s a .291/.334/.421 hitter with 104 homers and 636 RBIs. Prior to 2017, Kendrick began his career with a nine-year tenure as a Los Angeles Angel, before two years as a Los Angeles Dodger.

A primary second baseman for much of his career, Kendrick has seen a big increase in outfield playing time the last two years. With 184 career appearances in the outfield, 157 of them have come since 2016.

Kendrick was limited to just 91 games in 2017 due to a strained abdomen suffered in April. Prior to that, he appeared in at least 105 games the previous eight years, and at least 140 in five of those years.