It’s not often that MLB players have career years in their mid-30’s, but that’s precisely what free agent Howie Kendrick pulled off at 36 during the 2019 season. At least, his rate stats were the single best of his career, as he hit a whopping .344/.395/.572 for the Washington Nationals on their path to being World Series champs.
So, it’s not at all surprising that there is early interest across the league in picking up the versatile veteran, and apparently the Cincinnati Reds are among his suitors. So sayeth the combo of Britt Ghiroli and Ken Rosenthal from The Athletic, at least:
A few things are worth digging into in this early, initial potential target of the Reds.
While those rate stats up top that Kendrick posted were quite shiny, they came in just 370 PA, as Kendrick was used a ton against LHP (though he did post quite good numbers against RHP, too).