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Nationals sign veteran utility to 2-year deal

Kendrick hit .340/.397/.454 with two home runs and 16 RBIs in 39 games for the Phillies last season before being traded to the Nationals

The Nationals and Howie Kendrick have agreed to a two-year contract, a source confirmed to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal was first to report the deal.

The club has not yet confirmed the agreement, which is worth $7 million and is pending a physical, according to the source.

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According to Rosenthal, Kendrick could also make up to $2.25 million dollars in incentives, that could round up to $9.25 million.

Kendrick, 34, hit .340/.397/.454 with two home runs and 16 RBIs in 39 games for the Phillies last season before being traded to the Nationals on July 28. He batted .293/.343/.494 with seven home runs and 25 RBIs in 52 games for Washington.

The utility man played a number of infield and outfield positions for the Nationals in 2017 and will give the club a solid fill-in option at second base if Daniel Murphy, who is recovering from right knee surgery, is not ready for Opening Day.

Kendrick's speed is also a potential asset for new manager Dave Martinez off the bench, as the 12-year veteran has racked up double-digit steals in eight big league seasons, including 12 last year.

MLB.com | By Oliver Macklin

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