Originally posted on Padres Public  |  Last updated 7/31/13
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I know, we’re jumping the gun here…but let’s stick with the theme! The non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone for the 2013 season, and Ian Kennedy is now a member of the San Diego Padres. Acquired in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Joe Thatcher, AA pitcher Matt Stites, and a Round B Competitive Balance Pick in the 2014 Rule 4 Draft, Kennedy’s acquisition addresses a major area of need. When you went to bed last night, did you expect a handful of national scribes to consider the San Diego Padres the big winners of the trading deadline?   Ian Kennedy is a career 11.2 fWAR, 3.99 ERA pitcher with fairly good strikeout (7.84/9) and walk(2.95/9) ratios over his career. While he pitched like an ace in 2011, what we’re getting is a solid mid-rotation starting pitcher who’s having a down year in 2013. PITCH/fx indicates that Kennedy’s velocity is actually a bit higher than usual, which would indicate his struggles aren’t due to an arm issue. Scouts have indicated ...
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