Adam Kennedy Reunited With David Eckstein

The World Champion St. Louis Cardinals announced Tuesday that they have agreed with free agent second baseman Adam Kennedy on a three-year contract through the 2009 season. Kennedy, 30, returns to the organization that selected him with its first round draft pick (20th player overall) in 1997.

Kennedy batted .273 with four home runs and a career-high 55 RBI for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim this past season. The left-handed hitting second baseman was solid in the field, making just two errors in his final 67 games and nine total for the year. Kennedy completed his seventh season with the Angels, and in addition to his late-season call-up by the Cardinals in 1999, has compiled a lifetime batting mark of .280 with 52 HR's, 369 RBI and 123 stolen bases.

"We've had interest in bringing Adam back to our organization for some time," said Cardinals Senior Vice President/General Manager Walt Jocketty. "He's extremely excited to be back, and we're just as excited to have him back in a Cardinals uniform."

Kennedy will be re-united with double-play partner David Eckstein who he spent four seasons with (2001-04) as a member of the Angels, including their World Championship season in 2002.

"Anytime you have a middle infield combination you're comfortable with it's going to make the decision that much easier," Kennedy said. "What a great teammate. It's an honor to play beside him."

Kennedy was named the MVP of the 2002 American League Championship Series when he became only the 3rd player in LCS history to hit three home runs in a game.

Kennedy's 2006 season included a career-best 17-game hit streak (July 8-Aug. 3) and he batted .329 in Sept./Oct. while being named the Angels' Player of the Month. Adam also led the Angels in April batting with a .324 mark and for the year he batted .339 with runners in scoring position.

The 6-1, 185-pound Kennedy ranks 2nd on the Angels career list for games played at second base with 969. He tied for first among American League second basemen in fielding (.990) in 2003 and in 2002 he led the Angels with a .312 batting mark, the highest ever by an Angels second baseman. In 2000, Kennedy was named to both the Baseball Digest and Topps Rookie All-Star teams, leading all A.L. rookies in triples (11) and stolen bases (22).

Kennedy spent two-plus seasons (1997-99) in the Cardinals' minor league system and was named the team's Minor League Player of the Year in 1999. He was dealt to the Angels along with pitcher Kent Bottenfield on March 23, 2000 in exchange for All-Star outfielder Jim Edmonds.

Kennedy's contract calls for salaries of $2.5 million next year, $3.5 million in 2008 and $4 million in 2009. He made $3.38 million this year in the final season of a three-year contract.

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