Ian Kennedy was not seen as the ace of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ pitching staff for most of this season but he started out as their top, move proven pitcher. That did make him their ace. Of course since that time the emergence of other pitchers as well as Kennedy’s struggles made him a number three man at the most. Why then would the San Diego Padres want to trade to bring in Kennedy for their team?
The answer is actually fairly easy. The problem is not in finding the answer to why but rather in the question itself. Kennedy was 3 – 8 with a 5.23 ERA for the DBacks before the Padres brought him in. That brings the question of why go get him. In answering that we just need to understand that the Padres did not trade to bring in the 2013 Kennedy but rather the Kennedy from 2011.
Do you remember Kennedy with the DBacks in 2011? Allow me to remind you. He was 21 – 4 with a 2.88 ERA and finished in the top five of Cy-Young Award voting for the season. That is the man that the Padres wanted. How can that happen you ask? It happens all the time but for this specific case the Padres have said they didn’t intend to change a thing about Kennedy’s delivery except to return it to its natural form. How are they doing? Oh, pretty well. In two starts with the Padres, Kennedy is 1 – 0 with a 2.63 ERA. It is very early yet but right now I would have to say it looks like the Padres got their man.