Angels Extend Howie Kendrick

While it may be too early to name Jerry Dipoto the General Manager of the Year, I did order him one of those fruit buckets that look like flowers. Somebody has to keep that company afloat. As Dipoto recently said and I artfully regurgitated, the Angels were interested in extending Howie Kendrick and Erick Aybar. On Saturday night, Dipoto did half of that, locking up Kendrick. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale had the call

If the financials are correct, I love this deal for the Angels. Kendrick had his career year in 2011 at the plate (18 home runs, .349 wOBA), played great defense at 2B and displayed some versatility by playing over 100 innings at both 1B and LF. Kendrick was fifth among second baseman in fWAR (Fanfraphs wins above replacement) and bWAR (Baseball-Reference wins above replacement) in 2011 and he’ll be paid like a top five second baseman in 2012…

Last year, Kendrick made $3.3 million. Now, his reported figure carries an average annual value of $8.375 million, which ranks fourth among second basemen — trailing the Braves’ Dan Uggla, the Phillies’ Chase Utley and the Orioles’ Brian Roberts.

The extension covers Kendricks last year of arbitration and buys out three years of free agency. It sounds like a good deal for both sides and keeps an important home-grown Angel in Anaheim. I’d like to congratulate everyone involved in this deal for a job well done. Including myself for blogging it, I’m slightly narcissistic.

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