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Jason Kendall

39-Year-Old Catcher – Free Agent

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 0"   WT: 192   DOB: 6/26/1974   BORN: San Diego, CA   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Jason Kendall Contract Information:

Signed a two-year deal with the Royals in December of 2009. The deal is expected to be worth about $4 million with incentives.

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Jason Kendall Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2005 31 MAJ OAK 150 676 601 70 163 29 28 1 0 53 8 3 50 39 0 5 20 .271 .345 .321 .666
2006 32 MAJ OAK 143 626 552 76 163 24 23 0 1 50 11 5 53 54 4 5 12 .295 .367 .342 .709
2007 33 MAJ CHN 57 202 174 21 47 12 10 1 1 19 0 3 19 15 3 0 6 .270 .362 .356 .718
2007 33 MAJ OAK 80 312 292 24 66 12 10 0 2 22 3 1 12 27 2 3 3 .226 .261 .281 .542
2007  (Multiple Teams) 33 MAJ CHN/OAK 137 514 466 45 113 24 20 1 3 41 3 4 31 42 5 3 9 .242 .301 .309 .610
2008 34 MAJ MIL 151 587 516 46 127 34 30 2 2 49 8 3 50 45 6 2 13 .246 .327 .324 .651
2009 35 MAJ MIL 134 526 452 48 109 23 19 2 2 43 7 2 46 58 6 5 17 .241 .331 .305 .636
2010 36 MAJ KAN 118 490 434 39 111 18 18 0 0 37 12 7 37 45 6 7 6 .256 .318 .297 .615
2012 38 AA Nor 2 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .666
Career  (View All) MAJ   2085 8701 7627 1030 2195 504 394 35 75 744 189 89 721 686 36 63 254 .288 .368 .378 .746

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Jason Kendall: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2010 118
2009 133

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Jason Kendall Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

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Jason Kendall Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2005 31 MAJ OAK 676 601 7.4% 5.8% 1.28 94% .290 .050
2006 32 MAJ OAK 626 552 8.5% 8.6% 0.98 90% .326 .047
2007 33 MAJ CHN 202 174 9.4% 7.4% 1.27 91% .291 .086
2007 33 MAJ OAK 312 292 3.8% 8.7% 0.44 91% .243 .055
2007  (Multiple Teams) 33 MAJ CHN/OAK 514 466 6% 8.2% 0.74 91% .261 .067
2008 34 MAJ MIL 587 516 8.5% 7.7% 1.11 91% .267 .078
2009 35 MAJ MIL 526 452 8.7% 11% 0.79 87% .273 .064
2010 36 MAJ KAN 490 434 7.6% 9.2% 0.82 90% .285 .041
2012 38 AA Nor 3 3 0% 33.3% 0.00 67% .500 .000
Career MAJ   8701 7627 8.3% 7.9% 1.05 91% .309 .090

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Best Matchups for Jason Kendall (by OPS, min 12 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Edinson Volquez PIT 15 8 1 5 1 3 1 .533 .867 1.429
Johnny Cueto CIN 14 6 0 1 2 0 0 .429 .500 1.000
Ryan Dempster BOS 41 17 0 1 4 5 0 .415 .488 .988
Luis Vizcaino BAL 13 4 1 4 2 0 0 .308 .538 .938
CC Sabathia NY-A 22 10 0 6 1 1 0 .455 .455 .933
Tomo Ohka TOR 13 5 0 1 0 0 0 .385 .538 .923
Matt Guerrier MIN 12 5 0 3 1 1 1 .417 .417 .878
Mark Buehrle TOR 26 9 0 1 5 1 0 .346 .385 .836
Jose Contreras TEX 14 5 0 0 3 0 1 .357 .357 .828
Dan Haren LA 12 4 0 0 2 0 0 .333 .333 .762

Worst Matchups for Jason Kendall (by OPS, min 12 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Scott Baker TEX 16 3 0 2 0 4 1 .188 .250 .438
Bronson Arroyo AZ 38 7 0 3 1 3 1 .184 .184 .428
Ervin Santana ATL 32 5 0 1 0 4 0 .156 .219 .401
Jake Peavy BOS 25 4 0 0 0 5 2 .160 .200 .360
LaTroy Hawkins COL 12 2 0 1 0 0 0 .167 .167 .321
Paul Maholm LA 19 2 0 2 2 1 0 .105 .105 .296
Felix Hernandez SEA 25 3 0 3 1 5 0 .120 .120 .274
Nate Robertson DET 15 1 0 0 2 1 0 .067 .067 .243
Johan Santana BAL 25 2 0 0 2 1 0 .080 .080 .228
Kevin Slowey MIA 17 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000

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Jason Kendall: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Kendall signed a minor-league deal with the Royals on Thursday, the Royals' official Twitter page reports.

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Kendall (shoulder) has suffered a setback in his recovery and will undergo surgery next week, reports the Kansas City Star.

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Kendall (shoulder) took live batting practice on the field for the first time since September, the Kansas City Star reports.

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Kendall (shoulder) is now pushing his timetable for a return to mid-June or July, according to the Royals' official site.
Kendall (shoulder) will not be ready to play unti May 15, at the very earliest, according to the Kansas City Star.

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The Royals placed Kendall (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, the Kansas City Star's Bob Dutton reports.

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Kendall suffered a minor setback in his recovery from right shoulder surgery, the Kansas City Star reports.

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Kendall (shoulder) will likely start the season on the disabled list, according to the Kansas City Star.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

There was no outlook written for Jason Kendall.

2012

At 37 years old, Kendall's best days are well behind him. He missed the entire 2011 season due to a prolonged rehab that resulted from rotator cuff surgery he underwent in the 2010 offseason. He's likely to miss a good portion of the 2012 season as he underwent another shoulder surgery in July. If healthy, expect little power as he has only once posted a slugging percentage over .324 in the last six seasons. As for his batting average and on-base skills, Kendall is unlikely to garner enough playing time to significantly hurt or help owners regardless of where he plays.

2011

The Royals love Kendall for his leadership and ability to play through nearly any injury, but his weak skill set at the plate suggests he's better suited for a backup role. Despite his iron-man reputation, Kendall likely will miss Opening Day with a torn rotator cuff. Expect him to regain his starting spot when he returns, which figures to be some time after May, even though the Royals have younger catchers on the roster whose prospect clocks continue to tick.

2010

Kendall's offensive struggles are well documented and he did nothing to change anyone's opinion in 2009. He hit .241/.331/.305 in 134 games and did not provide the outstanding defense he did in 2008. Despite eroding skills in both facets of the game, the Royals elected to sign him to a two-year deal in December, and he'll likely collect the majority of the at-bats this season.

2009

Kendall caught a league-high 149 games in 2008 though he hit just .246/.327/.324. His real value was on defense, were he was considered to be the best defensive catcher in the league based on a number of different metrics. This doesn't really do anything for his fantasy value, where he was dead weight on batting average. He'll be back with the Brewers in 2009, but he may not catch as many games.

2008

Kendall's still got good plate discipline and doesn't strike out much, but he has no power, doesn't run well and no longer has a good batting average on balls in play. He'll start for the Brewers, but at age 33, it's hard to see Kendall having a career resurgence.

2007

He homered. He actually homered. His value nosedives in leagues that count SLG, but his counting stats remain solid for a catcher. He's a good bet for 75+ runs, 50 RBI and 10+ steals and all sorts of playing time. Those at-bats will work against you though if you count SLG, so be careful.

2006

Kendall failed to hit a single homer in 601 AB, which is a pretty amazing feat. He actually hit better at home (if a .685 OPS and .329 SLG can be considered better or hitting) so the pitchers' park argument goes out the window. Nonetheless, the A's have little choice but to play him. If they can find a clean-up man to allow Mark Ellis, Mark Kotsay, and Eric Chavez to lead off, then Kendall's value takes another hit as he moves to the bottom of the order.

2005

It took some time, but the Pirates finally unloaded Kendall and his big contract to the As, who were happy to take the three-time All-Star with a .306 lifetime batting average off their hands. Kendall is a perfect fit for the As, who put a premium on getting on base, as his .399 OBP as a leadoff hitter was best in the NL. Hell likely hit in the second spot in 2005, where his ability to make contact should keep things moving along. A nice bonus for fantasy owners is that Kendall can swipe the occasion bag, leading all catchers with 11 steals last season. His power has been limited the past few years, but Kendall remains a fine roto option because he is solid in so many areas at a position of scarcity.

2004

The Pirates have been aggressively trying to unload Kendall's big contract since last year, but the hard-nosed catcher's production is not at issue. He held up his end of a bloated deal, finishing sixth in the NL batting race with a .325 average while setting a career high with 191 hits, the most by a Pirate since Andy Van Slyke had 199 in 1992. Kendall, who hit .385 in his last 45 games, also led all major-league catchers with 145 starts and 146 total appearances. He doesn't have a ton of power, as witnessed by a combined nine homers in the last two years combined, but he can steal bases, a nice fantasy bonus for a catcher. In short, he is one of the game's better roto options at one of fantasy's thinnest positions.

2003

This will be a key year for Kendall, who even in the midst of a two-year funk has been a decent fantasy option behind the plate: 15 steals, decent average, lots of playing time to rack up runs and even some RBI. Hell be 18 months past reconstructive surgery on his thumb, so if hes going to get back to his peak, its now or never. Look for a return to .300, if not necessarily to 10 home runs. Beware, NL-only players: the four years and $42MM left on his contract make him a constant target of trade rumors.