Multiple sources tonight, including FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal and Ryan Lawrence, Philadelphia Phillies beat writer for Phillyvoice.com reported that the Washington Nationals acquired IF/OF Howie Kendrick from their division rivals from the City of Brotherly Love.
Kendrick, 34, has put up a .340/.397/.454 line, eight doubles, and two home runs in 39 games and 156 plate appearances with the Phillies this season after he was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers last November.
Is this a sign that the Nats are concerned about Jayson Werth and Michael A. Taylor?
Kendrick has played 24 of his 35 games this season in left field with the Phillies this season.
After the initial reports, the Nationals have confirmed the trade, which sends 21-year-old, 2014 18th Round pick McKenzie Mills to the Phillies.
Mills, is (12-2) with a 3.01 ERA, 22 walks and 118 Ks in 18 starts and 104 2⁄3 IP at Low-A Hagerstown this season.
Reports from the nation’s capital today, including one by MASN’s Mark Zuckerman, said that Werth and outfielders Chris Heisey and Ryan Raburn, all of whom are on the DL at this point, will travel with the team to Miami, FL next week when the Nationals return to take on the Marlins, and stay in West Palm Beach as they continue to rehab from their respective injuries.
Kendrick has missed time with a hamstring and abdominal injury this season, and he left a game this week with a bruised hand after a hit-by-pitch.
Is Kendrick a significant upgrade over the options in left right now? Adam Lind has been getting starts in left in recent days.
He could be an upgrade on the bench too if/when Werth and Taylor return...