Free Agent Profile & Prediction #29: Howie Kendrick

HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 30: Howie Kendrick #47 of the Washington Nationals celebrates his two-run home run against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning in Game Seven of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 30, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The 37 year old, absolute postseason legend Howie Kendrick enters free agency after a 2020 season that saw him struggle with injuries and a down year with the bat following a 2019 season that was nothing short of magical for him and the Washington Nationals. He saw just 100 even plate appearances in 2020, posting a .275/.320/.385 slash with a .705 OPS, which is not horrible, but compared to his offensive output in the last two seasons, where he posted a .886 OPS between 2018-2019, it was a tough season before he enters free agency. There were rumors circulating that 2020 would be Kendrick’s last season, as he was mulling over retirement, but news has come out in the last month that he wants to play in 2021. And why would he, as the 15 year veteran has seen his best years as a pro come in the last four seasons, dropping his K% each season outside of 2020, and hitting for more power than he did when he was in his prime years.

Kendrick with the glove, is stuck on the right side of the infield moving forward, splitting time at first and second with the Washington Nationals in the last two seasons, and doing an average job at both, posting 1 DRS between the two seasons at both positions.

Who knows if 2021 will be Kendrick’s last season as a pro, but one thing is for sure, the 10th round pick out of JUCO ball out in Palatka Florida will never have to pay for a drink again in the nations capital as long as he lives. And according to JAWS, which measures a players full production throughout their career, ranks Kendrick as the 56th most productive second baseman in the history of the game, ahead of some players such as Bret Boone, Brandon Phillips, Mark Ellis and Ray Durham. Not too bad at all for a JUCO bandit.

These are the teams I believe are in contention for Kendrick: Seattle Mariners, Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Angels

Final Landing Spot Prediction: Howie Kendrick signs a 1yr/7 million dollar deal with the Washington Nationals

2021 Stat Line Prediction: .290/.332/.458 .790 OPS 11 HR 49 RBI

Published by riskomatt

I am a 23 year old college baseball player at Cumberland University. In the past I have worked for Baseball Info Solutions, I have coached at varying levels, ranging from youth, to collegiate. I am a sports management major in college, entering my senior year, with a minor in journalism. I love to write and I love baseball, so a blog seemed once again a great place to start. Former owner of Its Always Baseball Season sports blog.

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