Nationals Acquire Howie Kendrick From Phillies

Saturday July 29th, 2017

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. 

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