Howie Kendrick, who capped the Nationals‘ improbable run to their first World Series title last season with a Game 7 home run, has reached an agreement on a one-year, $6.25 million deal to return to Washington, a source told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Friday.
Steady-handed, versatile and battle-tested, Kendrick came through at the biggest moments of the Nationals’ October run, peaking with his go-ahead, two-run homer off Houston Astros reliever Will Harris in the seventh inning of Game 7.
Kendrick’s grand slam off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly broke a 10th-inning tie in the decisive Game 5 of the National League Division Series — just the second extra-inning slam in postseason history. Kendrick was the MVP of the NLCS, hitting .333 with four doubles and four RBIs as the Nats swept the St. Louis Cardinals.
The 36-year-old Kendrick’s first full season with Washington ended early in 2018, when the left fielder tore his right Achilles tendon while retreating to catch a fly ball against the Dodgers on May 19.
“There’s no point in being mopey about it,” he said at the time. “It won’t heal as fast. So the happier I am, the faster I’ll heal.”
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