Nationals acquire Kendrick

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Washington Nationals have acquired Howie Kendrick. In exchange for the utility player, the Philadelphia Phillies are receiving pitcher McKenzie Mills, along with International amateur signing bonus pool space.

This deal reportedly came together quickly. With the Nationals, Kendrick can play the infield and outfield for the National League East leaders.

Howie Kendrick (Getty Images)

Howie Kendrick (Getty Images)

The 34-year-old was acquired by the Phillies in the off-season. He was acquired in a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers for Darin Ruf and Darnell Sweeney.

Kendrick has only appeared in 39 games with the Phillies this season. He has a .340 batting average with two home runs and 16 RBI’s.

He will primarily be an outfielder with the Nationals. They already have Adam Eaton, Jayson Werth and Michael Taylor already on the disabled list.

The Nationals lead the NL East by 13.5 games.

The 21-year-old Mills was pitching for the Potomac Nationals. He’s 8-0 with a 3.48 ERA in 62 innings at Single-A.

On the season, he’s 12-2 with a 3.01 ERA in 18 starts. He has a 104 2/3 innings pitched with 118 strikeouts to 22 walks.

Mills was an 18 round pick by the Nationals.

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