Kendrick, Nationals finalize $7 million, 2-year contract

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 19, 2018 07:31 AM
Kendrick, Nationals finalize $7 million, 2-year contract
FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2017 file photo, Washington Nationals' Howie Kendrick throws off his batting helmet as he celebrates his walkoff grand slam in the 11th inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the San Francisco Giants in Washington. The Nationals have agreed to terms on a $7 million, two-year contract with veteran outfielder Howie Kendrick. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Outfielder Howie Kendrick and the Washington Nationals have finalized their $7 million, two-year contract.

The 34-year old will make $3 million this year and $4 million in 2019, and he can earn up to $1.1 million each season in in performance bonuses based on plate appearances.

With Bryce Harper, Adam Eaton and Michael A. Taylor the favorites to earn the starting spots in the outfield and Victor Robles another possibility, Kendrick likely will be a bench option for first-year manager Dave Martinez.

Kendrick hit .293 with seven home runs and 25 RBIs in 52 games with Washington after he was acquired from Philadelphia. In 12 major league seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, Dodgers, Phillies and Nationals, the versatile right-handed hitter has batted .291 with a .755 OPS.

Washington agreed to the deal earlier this week, pending a successful physical.

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