Kendrick, 31, was released by the Atlanta Braves in mid-March after giving up nine runs on 14 hits and three walks in three and two/third innings. Kendrick had signed with the Braves in early January on a minor league deal, with a Spring Training invitation.
Kendrick is coming off the worst statistical season in his nine-year Major League career, after compiling a 7-13 record and 6.32 ERA in 27 starts. Over his career, Kendrick has a lifetime 4.63 ERA in 253 games. In 2011 and 2012, Kendrick combined to collect a 3.61 ERA and 1.252 WHIP over 71 games, 40 of which he started.
With the minor league deal, Kendrick will add starting pitcher depth to the Angels Triple-A affiliate, Salt Lake Bees. Though the contract is still being negotiated, it is likely Kendrick will receive more compensation than the average Triple-A player - between $17-20 thousand - based on his past Major League experience. Since the signing will occur within five days of the season beginning, the Angels will not be subject to MLB Article XX-B Protection Rules, and will not need to pay Kendrick the $100,000 retention bonus, if he is not added to the 40-man roster.
This signing comes the day after the Angels stocked up on excess rotation depth, in acquiring left-handed pitcher, Chris Jones, from the Baltimore Orioles, in exchange for prospect outfielder, Natanael Delgado, and prospect infielder, Erick Salcedo.
Jones, 27, has yet to pitch in the Major Leagues, and has spent the past three seasons in Triple-A. In his nine-year Minor League career, Jones has a 44-40 record, 3.35 ERA, and 1.334 WHIP. Last season, Jones had a 2.94 ERA in Triple-A.
Delgado and Salcedo appeared in Scout.com's Top 100 Angels Prospects Countdown, with Delgado being ranked the 19th ranked prospect, and Salcedo ranked 68th. Both players finished their seasons at Low-A Burlington.
Along with the added depth, the Cincinnati Reds have offered Rule-5 selection, Chris O'Grady, back to the Angels. The Angels now have three days to make a decision on the southpaw reliever. O'Grady holds a 3.21 ERA and 1.174 WHIP in four Minor League seasons with the Angels. In a scouting report from Taylor Blake Ward, O'Grady possesses a plus mid to high 80's cutter, and average off-speed pitches.