The Braves signed Kyle Kendrick over the holidays for reasons I can’t fathom, unless they aimed to pair 2015’s worst NL pitcher with the AL’s worst (Bud Norris). At least Norris isn’t far removed from pitching effectively, winning 15 games with a 3.65 ERA for the Orioles in 2014.
Kendrick, a pitch-to-(a lot) of contact type, has been awful the last three years, with ERAs of 4.70, 4.61 and 6.32. And now he won’t get to pitch against the Braves, against whom he has a 9-4 record and 3.41 ERA.
Gordon Beckham, who, outside of an occasional home run, offers nothing (.273 OPB from 2014-15). Emilio Bonifacio can run, but you can’t steal bases unless you reach base. As uninspiring as he was with the Braves in 2014, Bonifacio was even worse in 2015: .198 OBP, 1 SB, 4 CS.
All the above players are on the wrong side of 30. Kendrick gets $2 million if he makes the big league roster and could earn an additional $4 million in incentives. Norris signed for $2.5 mil.
Those are crippling sums, but why waste roster spots on players with no upside?
I’d rather spend that money on a pitcher like Doug Fister, who would fill an immediate need and, if he rebounded, could be used in a trade for prospects.