Kyle Kendrick is earning $7.675 million this season on a one-year contract, the last time Kendrick will have to deal with the arbitration system. He becomes a free agent after the 2014 season.

Kendrick pitched Friday in the Phillies’ 10-6 win against the Tigers, allowing three runs in a turbulent first inning. He settled down in the second, allowing just a walk.

Kendrick, 29, has no desire to play elsewhere, and hopes he can have a better season than he did last year. His second half was troublesome to fans and coaches alike, and some supporters groaned when the Phillies tendered Kendrick a contract.

A look at the starting pitcher market, however, reveals Kendrick might be a bit of a bargain. Kendrick has a 4.38 ERA in 194 career games, 153 of those starts. Kyle Lohse has 200 more career starts than Kendrick, but a similar ERA (4.35). The Brewers signed him to a three-year, $33 million deal before last season. Joe Blanton made $10 million from the Phillies in his age 30 season (2011) before faltering.

The most apt comparison might be Homer Bailey, who is two years younger than Kendrick. Bailey has started 10 fewer games than Kendrick in his seven years in the big leagues. Kendrick has also been in the league seven seasons.

Bailey signed a six-year, $105 million, deal with the Reds two weeks ago.

“Similar guys, close to your numbers, sign those deals, that's a good thing,” Kendrick said. “It's good for baseball. It's good for guys coming up, a guy like myself, after this year. Obviously you see them and you just want to put up better numbers.”