Published: Sat, December 07, 2019
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Nationals To Re-Sign Howie Kendrick

Nationals To Re-Sign Howie Kendrick

Kendrick's grand slam off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly broke a 10th-inning tie in the decisive Game 5 of the National League Division Series - just the second extra-inning slam in postseason history.

One of the people said the contract includes a mutual option for 2021. Kendrick hit.344 with 17 home runs in 370 plate appearances, splitting time between first base, second and even third while Anthony Rendon dealt with an elbow bruise in April and May. It's the same guarantee that Steve Pearce received from the Red Sox on the heels of his own postseason heroics following the 2018 World Series.

Kendrick saved his best for last as he went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk to help the Nationals to a 6-2 win over the Astros in Game 7 of the World Series.

Kendrick arrived in Washington via trade in July 2017, then re-signed with the Nationals following that season.

Kendrick followed that up by earning MVP honors in the NL Championship Series for batting.333 with four doubles and four RBIs as the Nationals swept the St. Louis Cardinals in four games.

Kendrick didn't play a full season, missing time in August with a strained left hamstring, and the Nats primarily used him against left-handers, against whom he hit.376/.421/.615. On that front, it's worth noting that Kendrick over the last three seasons has an OPS+ of 127.

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