The San Diego Padres were coming into Wednesday’s trade deadline a bit quiet. The team was not willing to part with third baseman Chase Headley, who was a hot commodity last season, nor were they looking to deal outfielder Carlos Quentin. However, it did not stop San Diego from making a splash.
In a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Padres acquired right-handed pitcher Ian Kennedy and sent left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher and Double-A minor leaguer Matt Stites to the desert. The Padres get a huge steal on an Arizona dump after the Diamondbacks learned that Brandon McCarthy and Trevor Cahill are both returning from the DL.
Kennedy has struggled this season, only recording three wins in 11 decisions. He has a 5.23 ERA and a 7.8 K/9. However, for the past two seasons, Kennedy has recorded double-digit wins and is only two years removed from having a remarkable 21-4 record with a 2.88 ERA and a career-high 198 strikeouts.
He is only 28-years-old, and joins a rotation that features a few young pitchers including Edinson Volquez and Andrew Cashner. The Padres gave the rotation a much-needed boost and although they are 8.5 games out of first place, they have a good chance to make some noise next season in a relatively weak NL West.
Kennedy is only making $4.265 million this year and still has some arbitration years coming. If he can bounce back, the Padres will certainly give him a long-term deal.