According to The Washington Post’s Jesse Dougherty, Kendrick’s deal will include a mutual option to extend it to a second season potentially.
Kendrick's deal is expected to be for one year with a mutual option for 2021.— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) December 6, 2019
The Nationals need to fill out 1B and Kendrick is coming off a career year at 36 years old. He also provides depth at 2B when needed, another area of need for Washington.
According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the one-year contract is worth $6.25 million in the first season, though details on the option haven’t been disclosed.
Kendrick became a fan favorite in Washington for his postseason heroics. He drilled the go-ahead home run in Game 7 of the World Series, earned MVP honors in the NLCS and hit the epic grand slam in Game 5 of the NLDS.
Of course, Kendrick played well even before October. He posted a .373/.423/.585 slash line with a 1.010 OPS after the All-Star Break, helping push the Nationals into the postseason.
The 36-year-old could be an option at first base or second base for the nationals, two areas of need with many of their key players currently free agents.