Nationals Acquire Howie Kendrick From Phillies
The Nationals acquired left fielder Howie Kendrick from the Phillies on Friday. Philadelphia, which also sent cash to the Nationals will receive left-handed pitching prospect McKenzie Mills and international amateur signing bonus pool space in return.
The move was first reported by Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
The 34-year-old Kendrick has played in just 39 games this season, but he is hitting .340 and has a .397 on-base percentage. Kendrick provides some much-needed outfield relief for the Nationals; outfielders Adam Eaton, Jayson Werth and Michael Taylor are all on the disabled list.
Kendrick might only be in Washington for a few months, as he's in the final year of a two-year, $20 million contract. He's owed roughly $3.5 million for the rest of the season, and Rosenthal is reporting that the cash the Phillies are sending the Nationals will pay him down to the pro-rated league minimum.
The Nationals are gearing up for a stretch run. With the division all but won—Washington has a 13.5 game lead in the NL East—eyes are looking toward October, when the Nationals will look to make their playoff struggles a thing of the past.