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Adam Kennedy Released

UPDATE: Kennedy signs a minor league deal with the Rays

I'm not sure how he's going to get playing time with super sub Willy Aybar already on board.


So, Adam Kennedy was just released by the Cardinals today so that they can play Skip Schumaker at second base instead while eating Kennedy's $4M salary.

Kennedy hasn't been much with the bat lately, but he's still slick with the glove, clocking in around a +10 (correction: +5 is a better estimate). His projected wOBA is about in the .300 to .305 range, which is about 15 points below Jose Lopez's projection. That translates to 7-10 runs over the course of a full season. Jose Lopez's glove is rated as nearly exactly average according to UZR (+/- backs up both of these ratings).

Adam Kennedy looks to be just a touch less valuable than Jose Lopez for 2009 and he's now out of a job and doesn't come with the Type A penalty that Orlando Hudson does. I'm not saying signing Kennedy should be a priority for the Mariners right now, just that it will be interesting to see what kind of market develops for his services given that he's already being paid for this season by the Cardinals.