San Diego Padres Acquire Former 20-Game Winner Ian Kennedy
After a rather uneventful trade deadline day the Padres and Diamondbacks agreed on a multi-player deal with approximately 2 hours remaining until the 4 pm eastern deadline buzzer sounded. The move bolstered the Padres staff with a veteran arm for the front of their rotation moving forward while the D’backs addressed a bullpen need.
The San Diego Padres have acquired former 20 game winner Ian Kennedy from their division rival Arizona Diamondbacks. The Padres capitalized buying low on the struggling Kennedy sending reliever Joe Thatcher, minor leaguer Matt Stites and a competitive balance round B draft pick to the D’backs.
The 28-year old Kennedy has struggled to regain his 2011 form sporting a 3-8 record with an inflated 5.23 earned run average thus far this season. Kennedy finished fourth in Cy Young award voting in 2011, a season in which he posted a 21-4 line with an impressive 2.88 earned run average. The former 1st round pick of the New York Yankees is arbitration eligible in 2014 after earning $4,265,000 this season.
The Diamondbacks receive left handed 31-year old Joe Thatcher who is in his 7th major league season with the Padres. Thatcher is 3-1 with a 2.10 earned run average in 30 innings out of the bullpen for the Padres this season. Thatcher is also arbitration eligible next season after earning $1,350,000 this season.
Arizona also acquired 23-year old Stites who is currently working out of the bullpen in double A. The former 17th round pick sports a 2-2 record with a 2.08 earned run average in 52 minor league innings this season. Stites has fanned 150 batter in 135 innings pitched throughout his minor league career thus far.
The Padres currently sit 8.5 games back of the division leading Los Angeles Dodgers and 5 games back of their trade counterpart. The pitching rich Diamondbacks needed to bolster their bullpen for the stretch drive deciding it was time to cut ties with the inconsistent Kennedy. A change of scenery will more than likely do wonders for Kennedy and his career.