The Philadelphia Phillies had a busy night Friday.
The Washington Nationals acquired Howie Kendrick and cash considerations in exchange for minor league pitcher McKenzie Mills. Starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson is headed to the Orioles, and the Phillies will receive outfielder Hyun Soo Kim and left-handed pitcher Garrett Cleavinger from Baltimore.
In the trade announced after Baltimore’s 8-2 loss in Texas on Friday night, Philadelphia will get an international amateur signing bonus pool allocation, and the Phillies will send cash to the Orioles to cover part of the $6.1 million remaining of Hellickson’s $17.2 million salary.
As part of the Kendrick’s deal, the Phillies will send about $1.59 million to cover most of the approximately $1.78 million Kendrick is due the rest of this season, and Philadelphia will remain responsible for Kendrick’s $5 million in deferred salary.
“It’s great because they’re in first place and have a good chance to make the postseason,” Kendrick said Friday night. “That’s what we live for. Our ultimate goal as players is to win a World Series. I couldn’t think of a better place to be going to.”
Kendrick, 34, is hitting .340 with two homers and 16 RBIs this season, but he has been limited to 39 games due to injuries. He didn’t play in Friday night’s 10-3 win over the Atlanta Braves after suffering a bruised left hand after being hit by a pitch in Wednesday’s 9-0 win over the Houston Astros.
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