Aaron Gleeman

Pirates “have expressed interest” in Kyle Kendrick

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In what I can only assume is a way to test pitching coach Ray Searage’s miraculous ability to turn around the careers of wayward pitchers, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that the Pirates “have expressed interest” in free agent right-hander Kyle Kendrick.

Kendrick signed a one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Rockies last offseason and then got the Opening Day start, finishing the season with a 6.32 ERA and league-high 33 home runs allowed in 142 innings.

Kendrick has been a lot better than that in the past, of course, but he’s never been actually good. He has a 4.63 ERA in nine seasons as a big leaguer despite pitching the entire time in the NL, including a 27-39 record and 5.11 ERA in 89 starts from 2013-2015.