With Wednesday being the day of Major League Baseball’s Trade Deadline, the San Diego Padres made a move to acquire right-handed pitcher Ian Kennedy from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Josh Byrnes, San Diego’s Executive Vice President and General Manager, made the announcement.
We’re excited to add a starting pitcher of Ian’s pedigree. He is under club control through 2015, and we feel he will help us take another step forward as a team.
The 28-year old Kennedy is 49-38 with a 3.99 ERA over 133 appearances since his 2007 debut with the Yankees. In 21 starts this year, Kennedy is currently 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA with 108 strikeouts on the year. He also made headlines earlier this year after a brawl between the Diamondbacks and Dodgers, where he was suspended for 10 games for hitting Carlos Quentin with a pitch.
Heading to Arizona will be left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher and right-handed Minor League reliever Matt Stites, as well as the Padres’ Competitive Balance Round B selection in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. Thatcher, 31, is 3-1 this year with a 2.10 ERA in 50 relief appearances. Stites, 23, has pitched the entire 2013 season with Double A-San Antonio and has compiled a 2-2 reocord with a 2.08 ERA across 46 relief appearances. He was selected by the Padres in the 17th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.
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