Nationals agree to terms with Howie Kendrick
The Washington Nationals agreeed to a two-year, seven million dollar deal with left fielder Howie Kendrick. Kendrick signed with the Nats last July and produced solid numbers. Howie played in 52 games, had 48 hits, eight doubles, two triples, seven home runs, 25 RBI’s, 4 stolen bases, drew 11 walks, and had a batting average of .293 with the team.
This resigining would provide a veteran with a solid bat off the bench, and they could even potienally place him in the lineup frequently if an outfielder were to be injured.
The 34 year old played for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for nine seasons, the Los Angeles Dodgers for two seasons, the Philadelphia Phillies for the first half of the 2017 season, and since then the Nats. The Nats now have a total of five players on their bench, which is required for the 40-man roster.
Howie will most likely start a decent amount of games this coming Spring Training in which he will be competing for the starting left fielder spot with the likes of Victor Robles and even Brian Goodwin.