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Gammons: Diamondbacks shopping Ian Kennedy and Jason Kubel

Jul 29, 2013, 7:32 PM EDT

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While the White Sox are reportedly telling teams that they would prefer to keep veteran right-hander Jake Peavy and “build around him,” Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers hasn’t given up hope. In fact, he’s trying to get creative in order to land him in a trade.

Towers was the general manager of the Padres from 1996-2009, so he has a long history with Peavy. He was calling the shots when Peavy was traded to the White Sox at the deadline four years ago. Now he’s trying to lay the groundwork for a reunion.

It’s worth noting that the Diamondbacks would be selling pretty low on Kennedy and Kubel. Kennedy owns a disappointing 5.22 ERA over 20 starts this season, but he had a 3.55 ERA in 98 starts over his first three seasons in Arizona. Meanwhile, Kubel is batting just .234 with five home runs and a .668 OPS over 231 plate appearances this season and has missed time with a quad injury. Kennedy is under team control through 2015 while Kubel is owed $7.5 million next season and has a $1 million buyout on a $7.5 million mutual option for 2015.

  1. theinconvienenttruth - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    I’m sure somebody has a bag of balls laying around somewhere

  2. nsauser - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Kennedy has lost a few mph on his fastball and his control, well it’s been awful up and in to right-handed batters ;) I’m not sure what the Dbacks are doing in the outfield. They have like 6 guys for 3 spots. They need Kubel and Parra to play and play well so they have some trade bait. Currently they have nothing to offer.

  3. Arods Other Doctor - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Kennedy has been just terrible since his one good year. Nobody in contention is going to want him. Trust me, I’m a doctor.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      So, he failed his virtual physical. Interesting.

      • Arods Other Doctor - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:09 PM

        All I need is a picture …

        But no, seriously, he’s not hurt. He’s just bad.

  4. proudliberal85392 - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    I think Towers would take a bag of batting practice balls for Kennedy at this point and he’d be grateful to get it.

  5. mrpinkca - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    I think any team would want Kennedy, if only to keep him from plunking their players.

  6. southofheaven81 - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Kubel for Phil Hughes? Both are relatively young (Hughes more so obviously), in the midst of a disappointing season & could probably benefit from a change of scenery.

    • tonirigatoni - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:24 PM

      Hughes would benefit from not giving up so many dingers. He should pitch the HR Derby. How’s the ball carry in AZ?

    • tuberippin - Jul 30, 2013 at 12:12 AM

      Kennedy for Hughes. Neither team wins, both fanbases lose, and the fans of the rest of the MLB get a good laugh.

      • nsauser - Jul 30, 2013 at 5:36 PM

        I doubt the Yankees want Kennedy back.

      • tuberippin - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:57 PM

        ^They also don’t want Phil Hughes…in fact, nobody wanted Phil Hughes, as they received no calls for them.

        The Yankees are shopping Hughes to no avail.
        The DBacks are shopping Kennedy to no avail.

        Two birds, one stone.

  7. db105 - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:57 AM

    Kubel will produce if he is given a chance to play every day. Tough for any power hitter to get in a groove when playing only 3 to 4 games a week.

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