Two years ago, Ian Kennedy was considered one of the top pitchers in the league after finishing with a 21-4 record for the Arizona Diamondbacks during the 2011 season. While his record (15-12) was decent in 2012, Kennedy has struggled to get things going during the 2013 season with a 3-8 record and a 5.23 ERA.
Now, it looks like Kennedy will have a chance to turn things around with a fresh start as a member of the San Diego Padres.
The Diamondbacks reportedly completed a trade with the Padres on Wednesday right before the trade deadline–which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. With Kennedy’s numbers on the decline, Arizona realized the best scenario would be to trade their starting pitcher now in case his trade value continued to go on the decline.
As good of a move as this is for the Diamondbacks, it has to hurt Kennedy knowing that he’s going from a team that was putting up a fight in the NL West to a team that currently sits eight games below .500.
Still, it was clear that Kennedy needed a change of scenery and it will be interesting to see if this fresh start pays off for him over the final few months of the 2013 season. Even if San Diego falls short of the playoffs, Kennedy will hopefully be able to figure out a way to return to his dominant level from a few years ago and end the year on a high note so he can focus more on bouncing back in 2014.