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UPDATE: Padres, Diamondbacks finalize Ian Kennedy deal

Jul 31, 2013, 2:09 PM EDT

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2:09 p.m. EDT: The Padres are getting Kennedy in return for Thatcher, right-hander Matt Stiles and their post-second round competitive balance pick in the 2014 draft, according to MLB.com’s Corey Brock.

1:52 p.m. EDT update: The Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro reports that San Diego and Arizona are close to an agreement. The Diamondbacks would get left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher and a prospect.

1:42 p.m. EDT update: Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan chimes in that Thatcher would be “one of the players going to Arizona” in a Kennedy deal.

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1: 30 p.m. EDT: The chances of an Ian Kennedy trade may have taken a hit after Jake Peavy went to Boston, not Arizona, last night, but he’s still getting talked about with a couple of hours left to go before the deadline. CBSSports.com’s Scott Miller says he might be sent to San Diego for relief help in the form of right-hander Luke Gregerson or left-hander Joe Thatcher.

With Brandon McCarthy (shoulder) and Trevor Cahill (hip, shoulder) on the way back from the DL, the Diamondbacks don’t necessarily need to get a starter in order to trade Kennedy. They’d still have Patrick Corbin, Wade Miley, McCarthy, Cahill and Randall Delgado, with Tyler Skaggs and Archie Bradley waiting in the wings.

Kennedy would be as good of a fit in Petco Park as he would be anywhere, and the Padres could use a veteran for their 2014 rotation with both Edinson Volquez and Clayton Richard potentially on the way out. Kennedy is under control through 2015 and should make about $6 million in arbitration next year. The 28-year-old is 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA this season.

  1. mrpinkca - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Muscling up for their next game against the Bums.

  2. scatterbrian - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    “post-second round competitive balance pick in the 2014 draft”

    Since when can teams trade draft picks?

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      It is very recent and only affects competitive balance picks.

      • scatterbrian - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:09 PM

        Strange, but good to know. Thanks!

    • schm1471 - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      Competitive balance picks can be traded, unlike normal picks.

  3. hildezero - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    I hope this works out for the D-backs.

  4. proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Matthew Pouliot is having a lot of fun today.

  5. bronco58lb - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Stites is an intriguing bullpen arm. He can dial it up to triple-digits on occasion.

  6. icanspeel - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    I think it’s a win win for both teams. Padres needed some starting pitching potential and Thatcher is a great situational lefty.

  7. ch0psuey - Jul 31, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Good deal. If I remember correctly IPK has owned the Padres pretty good last couple years. (Just looked it up 7-1 vs SD last 3 years with a 2.79 era). Nice to have him on our side now. Like it.

    • ptfu - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      Yeah, the guy is a fly ball pitcher and the Padres have a fly-ball-suppressing park. Good match.

      Even without that, every time you can trade an intriguing bullpen prospect, a year of a lefty specialist, and a comp B pick for two years of a durable 28-year-old starter with upside, you do it. Relievers, especially specialist ones, are a lot more replaceable than starters.

      If Ian Kennedy degenerates into Edinson Volquez, well, the Padres didn’t give up too much. And Kennedy could be a whole lot better than that. Dbacks filled a bullpen need, which is fine if they go on a deep playoff run, but the Padres look like the winners here.

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