Rumor has it that the San Diego Padres might very well be set roster-wise for the 2014 season. One of the main reasons for that possibility is the mid-season trade they made for starting pitcher Ian Kennedy. They didn’t pay that large of a price to the Arizona Diamondbacks for the young, pre-free agency starting pitcher and still have potentially one of the top several young pitchers in Major League Baseball. Whatever the reasons the DBacks had for sending Kennedy packing are well worth it to the Padres.
His ERA may never be at a miniscule level but then again he does have Cy-Young award type ability when all cylinders are firing. The change of scenery wasn’t world shifting this season but it could be a very good thing for him over the long-haul. What could be good for Kennedy could end up being part of something awesome for the Padres if he is able to fill in his part of a solid starting rotation that includes its part veteran and youngster.
All things considered this somewhat quiet trade could end up being one of the better trades completed during the 2013 season when we look back a couple of seasons from now. Kennedy is plenty loaded with talent with contract control left in his contract and the Padres have the fortune of plugging him into a spot and for the most part knowing he will go out, compete and give them a chance to win. The high side of his potential could be even more fun to watch.