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Padres, Ian Kennedy agree at $6.1 million to avoid arbitration

Jan 16, 2014, 11:09 PM EDT

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The Padres and right-hander Ian Kennedy have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.1 million contract, reports CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

Kennedy, who was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter, earned $4,265,000 last season while posting a 4.91 ERA and 163/73 K/BB ratio over 181 1/3 innings between the Diamondbacks and Padres. The 29-year-old remains under team control through 2015.

Kennedy showed improvement after being traded to the Padres last July and his fly ball ways are a much better fit in PETCO Park than in Arizona, so it would be no surprise to see him bounce back in 2014.

  1. NYTolstoy - Jan 16, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    A few years ago the guy won 21 games and pitched over 200 innings. I thought this guy was gonna head the Arizona D backs for years to come after the trade from the Yanks. Not sure what happend and now he’s hoping to rebuild? Crazy game

  2. missingdiz - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Four years as a regular starter. Last year was his worst by far, but the season before was clearly second-worst. And he gets a 43% raise?

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