The Angels, looking to strengthen their organizational starting-pitching depth, signed veteran right-hander Kyle Kendrick to a Minor League contract on Wednesday.
Kendrick, 19 days removed from pitching in a game, will make a few starts in Arizona, then report to Triple-A Salt Lake, where he will join Nick Tropeano, Chris Jones, Yunesky Maya and Nate Smith, among others, as rotation insurance.
Kendrick originally signed a Minor League deal with the Braves but was released March 12 after giving up nine earned runs on 14 hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings this spring. That deal reportedly would have paid Kendrick $2 million if he made the Major League club, with the possibility of earning an additional $4 million in incentives.
The 31-year-old gave up a National League-high 100 earned runs while pitching for the Rockies last year, despite throwing 142 1/3 innings. Kendrick finished the season with a 7-13 record, a 6.32 ERA, a 1.53 WHIP and a 1.78 strikeout-to-walk ratio. His ERA on the road was 5.24.
Kendrick spent the previous eight seasons with the Phillies, pitching home games in yet another hitter-friendly park. He was 74-68 with a 4.42 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP and a 1.93 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 226 games (185 starts) from 2007-14.
The Kendrick signing comes one day after the Angels traded for Jones, a left-handed Minor League starter. With Tyler Skaggs (Tommy John surgery) and C.J. Wilson (shoulder tendinitis) starting the season on the disabled list, and Jered Weaver, Matt Shoemaker and Tropeano struggling this spring, the Angels were motivated to supplement their rotation depth.
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