Braves sign Kyle Kendrick

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Kyle Kendrick, who started on Opening Day for the Rockies last season and then went on to have a horrible year, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Braves.

Kendrick served up a league-high 33 home runs in just 142 innings on the way to an ugly 6.32 ERA and has a lifetime 4.63 ERA in nine seasons as a big leaguer.

Of course, with the Braves in rebuilding mode his inability to prevent runs is secondary to his ability to soak up some innings. He’s started 25 or more games in five of the past six seasons and will compete for a rotation spot during spring training.