Agreed, Pittsburg will have to eat some of the money for the deal to get done. They want to dump him for many reasons, but no team is going to take him without a lil cash along with him.
As far as the Mariners go, if they get the cash, I think this is a good deal for them. First, he is a career .304 hitter. so he's a catcher and gets days off and fewer AB's? Not in Kendall's case. he is always over 150 games and 500 ABs. He is getting older, but he can swipe a bag when the team needs one. His career OBP is .385, it has been over .400 in three different seasons, and remained a studly .399 last year, not to mention a sweet .325 BA in a stout 587 ABs.
He has not shown much power. the most HR he has hit is 14 in his career year, the 2000 season. his highest RBI total is 75 in 1998, and 58 last year and the same in 2000. While he obviously lacks the power of a Piazza, HRs are only one facet of the game, and RBI are more situational. He has slugged over .500 once, and has holds a career mark of .422. While that number is not staggering, it is not bad coming from a catcher that can also bat .300 consistently.
Behind the dish, Kendal is not the best, but he is certainly not the worst. He has a reputation for "calling good games," something that can not be said for Mr. Gold Glove, Pudge. His defense is average; it won't kill a team, but it may not help either.
I think this would be a nice addition for the M's, if the money comes with him.
Fantasy wise, Kendal's .300 consistency is the only real dimension that can help a team. But to be able to raise and carry a team in BA from the catcher spot is worth a lot. Kendall can almost cancel out a poor BA from guys like Glaus, Burnitz, Any Dodgers, or Thome.
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