Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals are “closing in” on re-signing Howie Kendrick. It’ll be a one-year, $6.25 million deal with a mutual option for 2021.
Kendrick hit .344/.395/.572 with 17 home runs over 370 plate appearances for the Nationals this past season and had multiple big moments during the Nats’ World Series run. Given that, his defensive versatility, and the fact that there are multiple current openings on the Washington roster at the moment due to guys hitting free agency, it makes all the sense in the world to bring him back.
Kendrick is unlikely to repeat his offensive performance from last year in 2020, but even if he hits way less than he did, he’s still a very useful player for Washington as they seek to defend their title.
First baseman Mitch Moreland is back with the Red Sox. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the veteran has inked a one-year, $3 million to remain in Boston. The contract calls for a $2.5 million salary for 2020 and includes a 2021 club option worth $3 million with a $500,000 buyout.
Moreland has spent the past three seasons with the Red Sox. Last year, he hit .252/.328/.507 with 19 home runs and 58 RBI over 335 plate appearances. He mostly faced right-handed pitching, platooning at first base with Michael Chavis, Sam Travis, and Steve Pearce.
Moreland will once again platoon at first base with Chavis. Chavis also played second and third base last year, so he could find time at those positions when Moreland is in the starting lineup.