The Los Angeles Angels on Monday made official their four-year contract extension with Howie Kendrick, after the second baseman passed a physical. The deal is worth a total of $33.5 million, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.
Kendrick, 28, hit .285/.338/.464 with a career-high 18 home runs in 140 games for the Angels in 2011, and made the American League All-Star team for the first time. Primarily a second baseman, Kendrick filled in at other positions in 2011, starting 20 games in left field and 11 more at first base in addition to his 105 starts at second base.
He was drafted by the Angels in the 10th round of the 2002 draft out of West Nassau High School in Callahan, Florida.
The Jacksonville native made $3.3 million in 2011 and had one more year of arbitration remaining. This contract bought out three years of free agency. Kendrick in 2011 set career highs in runs, triples, home runs, walks, stolen bases, slugging percentage, and OPS.
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