Saturday, July 29, 2017

Kendrick Shipped to Nationals for Pitching Prospect

2017 Topps Phillies #PHI-16
The trade announcement we were expecting following Friday night's game was that Jeremy Hellickson had been dealt to a contender.  We'd have to wait for that announcement, as the Phillies first announced they had traded Howie Kendrick (and cash) to the Nationals for Class A left-handed pitcher McKenzie Mills and international signing bonus money.

In his half a season with the Phillies, Kendrick was one of their more reliable hitters although he battled several nagging injuries.  In 39 games, Kendrick hit .340 with 2 home runs and 16 RBIs, receiving 24 starts in left field and 10 starts at second base.  His Phillies baseball card legacy (for now) is limited to the team-issued photo card, and cards in the Topps Heritage and Topps Phillies retail team set.  He also shared a Topps Now card with the also departed Michael Saunders.

Coming to the Phillies is 21-year-old McKenzie Mills, an All-Star this year with the Class A Hagerstown Suns.  He's 12-2 with a 3.01 ERA over 18 starts, with an impressive 118 strikeouts to just 22 walks.  He had just been promoted to the High A Potomac Nationals, which makes it likely he'll join Clearwater's roster.  It appears as if the only baseball card appearances to date for Mills have been within Nationals' minor league team sets.

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Departed During the 2017 Season
  • Tyler Goeddel - of (4/5/17) - Claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds.
  • Dalier Hinojosa - rhp (5/16/17) - Released.
  • Mario Hollands - lhp (5/23/17) - Released.
  • Taylor Featherston - inf (6/9/17) - Traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash.
  • Joely Rodriguez - lhp (6/13/17) - Traded to the Texas Rangers for a player to be named later or cash.
  • Jeanmar Gomez - rhp (6/20/17) - Designated for assignment, released on 6/25/17 and signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers' organization, 7/15/17.
  • Michael Saunders - of (6/20/17) - Designated for assignment, released on 6/25/17 and signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays' organization, 6/28/17.
  • Pat Neshek - rhp (7/26/17) - Traded to the Colorado Rockies for Jose Gomez, Alejandro Requena and J.D. Hammer.
  • Howie Kendrick - lf-2b (7/28/17) - Traded with cash to the Washington Nationals for McKenzie Mills and future considerations.
Arrived During the 2017 Season
  • Ty Kelly - inf (4/22/17) - Acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash.
  • Casey Fien - rhp (5/9/17) - Purchased from the Seattle Mariners.

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