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Report: Yankees talking to Padres about a deal for Ian Kennedy

Jul 24, 2014, 11:19 PM EST

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Ian Kennedy was originally drafted by the Yankees in 2006 and made 14 appearances with the club before being dealt to the Diamondbacks in a three-team deal in December of 2009. Now the Yankees are reportedly considering a reunion with the right-hander as they attempt to bolster their starting rotation.

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM, the Yankees and Padres are discussing a deal that would bring Kennedy back to New York and send prospects Eric Jagielo and Ian Clarkin to San Diego. For what it’s worth, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman confirms that the Yankees are interested in Kennedy, but not at the expense of both Jagielo and Clarkin. Both were first-round picks of the Bombers last June. That would be a pretty steep price.

Kennedy, 29, owns a 3.66 ERA and 143/42 K/BB ratio over 135 1/3 innings this season. Home runs ultimately did him in during his time in Arizona, which is something to consider with a possible return to the Bronx. He’s making $6.1 million this season and is under team control through 2015.

Bowden also reports that the Yankees have been in discussions with the Rockies about left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. Basically, if there’s a pitcher who is available, it’s safe to assume that Brian Cashman has called about them.

  1. SocraticGadfly - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Somebody should tell Cashman, as he looks for table scraps, that 1/4 of a starting pitcher x 4 does not equal 1 starting pitcher.

    • syphermce - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:45 AM

      So far Brandon McCarthy seems to be working out. I got faith in Cashman. Every GM makes good and bad moves. Cashman’s track record has brought 7 pennants and 5 World Series championships to the Yankees in 18 years. Name one other GM that has that kind of success rate.

      • bkbell3 - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:50 AM

        I’m a yankee’s fan but at 200mil per year that down grades him quite a bit. The yanks have always been able to eat their considerable mistakes where most teams can’t. So even a broken watch is right twice a day. I know the owners have over ruled him at times when he didn’t like a deal or player but with that spending power it seems like a better gm might have done better. And arod’s 30mil isn’t even on the books this year. You only know what they let you know so maybe he gets over ruled a lot but no one including him is going to come out hard and criticize the owners.

      • apkyletexas - Jul 25, 2014 at 4:09 AM

        I’d give Brian Cashman about as much credit for the Yankee’s success the last 18 years as Brian McNamee and a beer can of dirty needles, a Florida aging clinic, and about a billion dollars Cashman has wasted on overvalued talent.

        The work that built the Yankees’ dynasty – the drafting and signing and development of Jeter, Posada, Pettite, Rivera and Bernie Williams – happened between 6 and 13 years prior to Cashman taking over.

      • apkyletexas - Jul 25, 2014 at 4:21 AM

        Gene Michael and Buck Showalter were the two who decided to stop overpaying for free agents and build through the draft in the early 90’s and built the Yankees’ core group. Don’t give Cashman credit for their work. Cashman was assistant GM after 1995, and GM after 1998 – but Gene Michael had signed and drafted the core players by 1992.

      • trbmb - Jul 25, 2014 at 7:32 AM

        17 years, 6 pennants and 4 WS champs, and only 2009 stands as the prime result of the work of Cashboy. Without significant Yankee dollars, this clown has no skill. Let’s see him go GM a team without the massive dollars of New York.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jul 25, 2014 at 8:00 AM

        17 years, 6 pennants and 4 WS champs, and only 2009 stands as the prime result of the work of Cashboy.

        How does ’09 stand as the prime example of his work? He was made GM in ’98. So he gets zero credit for ’99, ’00, ’01, ’03 world series trips?

        Let’s see him go GM a team without the massive dollars of New York.

        Maybe he’d succeed because he’d also have leeway to build a team from the ground up, a la Theo in Chicago instead of having to patchwork a contender every year?

      • 18thstreet - Jul 25, 2014 at 9:49 AM

        I’m with COPO.

        The thing about about Cashman: yes, the Yankees have a lot of money to spend. Yes, they’re able to eat their worst contracts. However, that’s what the job of Yankees GM entails. Would Cashman be successful with the Orioles’ payroll? I don’t know, but it doesn’t matter. He’s been successful with the Yankees payroll.

        There are a lot of teams that have tried to buy championships. It happens in every sport. Think about those big-spending Mets teams, or big-spending Cubs teams. The Phillies have the third highest payroll in MLB right now. Cashman has made a lot of mistakes, but he has also — consistently — put together a team that either makes the playoffs or is in contention year after year.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:18 AM

        One thing to note, is I don’t think Cashman is perfect. He’s made plenty of mistakes. However, if you show me a GM who hasn’t made any mistakes, you are probably showing me a GM who hasn’t been on the job long. We saw this with Theo, then Jack Z, then RAJ, then Cherington…

        I’m more concerned with injuries in the farm system than anything. They can’t seem to keep anyone healthy.

      • theskinsman - Jul 26, 2014 at 4:31 AM

        Name another GM with that much to spend. Anyone can just go buy another player if his last one is a dud.

  2. vallewho - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    ha-ha

  3. jolink653 - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    No way does he do it for Clarkin and Jagielo. Those players are supposed to be the infusion of solid young talent that the Yankees system desperately needs. The last thing they should do is give up on them one year in for a half season rental of Kennedy.

    • toodrunktotastethischicken - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:21 AM

      He’s under team control for 2015 as well.

    • godsmacked1 - Jul 25, 2014 at 8:26 AM

      Given their “success” in the draft, they should unload these to picks for Kennedy today. They hype their farm system like no other knowing most of their picks flame out before they even reach the bigs. The Steinbrenner boys are running the team like their dad did in the 80’s, paying for free agents and not putting money into their talent evaluation people. Make this trade, fire their Farm director and hire a guy who knows talent. Maybe they’ll develop a few home grown stars again by the time they get out from under Sabathia/McCann/Texiera contracts.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jul 25, 2014 at 8:39 AM

        They hype their farm system like no other knowing most of their picks flame out before they even reach the bigs.

        Who hypes the Yankees farm system? ’14 pre-season rankings:

        Sickels – 21
        Law – 20
        BA – 13*
        BPro – 23

        This is a bit misleading because BA was only group that included Tanaka in the prospect rankings. So bottom third = hype?

      • godsmacked1 - Jul 25, 2014 at 9:42 AM

        They hype their system..Phil Hughes? Jesus Montero? Drew Henson? Joba Chamberlain? Ruben Riveira? Brien Taylor? Dionnar Navarro? Average/below average MLBers. All were supposed to be tomorrow’s stars according to the Yankee brass.

      • trdiii - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:41 AM

        What team doesn’t hype their system?

      • godsmacked1 - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:01 AM

        no one more than the Yanks

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:14 AM

        no one more than the Yanks

        So you are blaming ownership for hyping their prospects? Do you get mad at company X for saying they have the best product ever?

        They hype their system..Phil Hughes? Jesus Montero? Drew Henson? Joba Chamberlain? Ruben Riveira? Brien Taylor? Dionnar Navarro? Average/below average MLBers.

        Phil Hughes – 2007 #4 prospect by BA
        Brien Taylor – top prospect who wrecked his shoulder getting into a fight defending his brother; how is this a Yankee issue?
        Drew Henson – 2002 #9 prospect by BA
        Joba Chamberlain – 2008 #3 prospect by BA; who knows what would have happened if he never hurt his shoulder
        Dioner Navarro – 2004 #41 prospect by BA

        Let me know what team you cheer for so I can do the same for your team. Oh and btw, in the ’04 ranking these are the pitchers ranked ahead of #30, Felix Hernandez [in order]: Edwin Jackson, Greg Miller, Scott Kazmir, Adam Loween, Zack Greinke, Cole Hamels, Dustin McGowan, Gavin Floyd, Chin-hui Tsao, Angel Guzman, Ervin Santana

      • godsmacked1 - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        So it’s really a failure of their organizational coaching rather than their talent evaluation? I don’t know which is worse. Stop looking through your Yankee colored glasses and see that their farm system hasn’t developed a home grown starting pitcher since Andy Pettite and a good everyday player since Jeter (who is great). 20 years? That ain’t good. What makes you think these two picks are going to turn out any different? Get Kennedy, who was a Yankee prospect and developed into a good pitcher once he left the Yanks, and trade the prospects.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:24 PM

        So it’s really a failure of their organizational coaching rather than their talent evaluation?

        No, it’s other organizations thought highly of those prospects as well. But most prospects fail. Notice who BA ranked ahead of Felix Hernandez? Notice that some of them aren’t even in the game anymore? It’s the nature of prospects.

        And yes the organization has failed in a few drafts. Cito Culver and DBJ were awful first round picks that were widely criticized when they happened.

        Stop looking through your Yankee colored glasses

        Tell me what I’ve written that isn’t true, or is biased.

        and see that their farm system hasn’t developed a home grown starting pitcher since Andy Pettite and a good everyday player since Jeter (who is great)

        Ian Kennedy, Phil Hughes, and Joba Chamberlain were all “developed” by the Yankees. Or do you want to make more stipulations than that? As for players, Austin Jackson, Brett Gardner, and Robinson Cano were also developed by the Yankees.

        who was a Yankee prospect and developed into a good pitcher once he left the Yanks, and trade the prospects.

        How much “developing” did Kennedy do in the offseason when he was traded, because he was immediately inserted into the starting rotation. The D’backs must have done a ton of work with him during spring training…

  4. 4d3fect - Jul 25, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Can they please take Kevin Kennedy too? I’m sick of hearing his mealymouth monotone.

  5. chargrz - Jul 25, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    The Padres will stay to to form and trade Kennedy for a single A 2nd baseman batting .199 and 34 yrs of age.

  6. pisano - Jul 25, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    Cashman should think real hard on this one, what the Yankees really need is a right handed hitting outfielder, like Alex Rios, rumor has it he may be available.

    • ptfu - Jul 25, 2014 at 6:57 AM

      Carlos Quentin and Chris Denorfia are both available too. Come on Yankees, San Diego is the place for your one-stop shopping!

      And if Cashman asks real nice then he might pry Jeff Francouer away, heh heh.

    • trdiii - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      Why does getting Kennedy stop the Yanks from getting a RH bat like Rios?

      • pisano - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:15 AM

        I guess I should have explained it better, Kennedy is a fly ball pitcher, and in Yankee Stadium I see shades of Phil (homer) Hughes.

  7. mikhelb - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    Dont they want Judge, Severino and Betances while they are at it?

  8. Eutaw's Finest - Jul 25, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    As on O’s fan I hope this happens. Kennedy is having the best year of his career since 2011 when he was in the CY Young running (and his career prior to that year was far from stellar). Since his 2.88 ERA that year, his ERA has ballooned to roughly 4.24 from 2012-current day. And he’s a fly ball pitcher playing in a pitcher friendly park. Bring him to the AL East with stadiums like NY and Baltimore? I foresee that ERA jumping. And the residual effect? The Yankees use the few prospects they have to obtain another pitcher, as opposed to using them to improve this offense, which is where they really need to improve. Marginal pitching won’t put them over the top.

    So by all means- pull the trigger Yankees.

    • icanspeel - Jul 25, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      I always have to point things like this out to people.

      Here are Ian Kennedy’s splits this year for ERA.

      Home 4.18
      Away 3.18

      Doesn’t seem like pitcher friendly Petco is skewing his stats does it? Also an important thing is he has 143 SO in 135+ Innings. He isn’t just getting lucky, he is putting hitters down.

      • gloccamorra - Jul 25, 2014 at 9:51 AM

        One factor that IS a San Diego artifact is that the pitching coach, Darren Balsley, is one of the best, and the manager Bud Black, is not only a successful former pitcher (121 career wins) but spent nine years as the Angels pitching coach.

        When Kennedy arrived last year, Black said he was solid, but just needed a few tweaks. After the A’s gave up on Tyson Ross, Black and Balsley tweaked his delivery all the way to the All Star game.

        Those guys apparently know what they’re doing.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Jul 25, 2014 at 9:53 AM

        Can’t argue splits. I still think the AL East is much more hitter friendly in terms of parks, and I think it would effect his line (he’s been linked to the O’s as well and I’ve protested for that reason) but I guess the wait and see approach is the only accurate one to take!

  9. chip56 - Jul 25, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    Bowden is either trolling Yankee fans with this rumor or is desperate to prove he’s as inept at this job as he was as GM

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 25, 2014 at 8:46 AM

      Yep, ESPN, The Worldwide Leader in the Sports Peter Principle.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 25, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      The trade deadline is looming, and Bowden gets paid to talk. So he’s talking. Cashman probably DID ask about Kennedy, and when he heard the price, excused himself to make a few calls to other clubs.

      • chip56 - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        Bowden has also said that the Yankees should send Betances, Severino and Judge to the Phillies for Cliff Lee and that if they wanted Chase Headley it would cost them Mason Williams and Dante Bichette, Jr.

        The guy just has no clue what he’s talking about and never did. He was an atrocious General Manager (lest we forget he was fired by the Nationals in part for skimming money from 16 year old kids that the team signed as International Free Agents) and he’s an even worse “insider”

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:16 AM

        and that if they wanted Chase Headley it would cost them Mason Williams and Dante Bichette, Jr.

        That isn’t a bad proposal, as DBJ is a NP and Williams shine is fading fast. But the trade for Lee is laughable.

  10. jbriggs81 - Jul 25, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    There is absolutely no way that Cashman gives up Jagielo and Clarkin for Ian Kennedy. That sounds more like what the Padres started with as their demand. The Yankees just drafted those guys last year and by all accounts it was one of their most succesful drafts of recent years. Both guys have had success in the small amount of time they have played and demonstrated they have high ceilings. Even if you believe Brian Cashman is the worst GM in the history of sports for all time (which I think is complete nonsense) they still aren’t gonna trade those guys to sign Ian Kennedy. Its just not gonna happen.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 25, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      Of course there will be no trade at that price. Cashman just asked, learned the price and moved on. But that made it a bona fide rumor. Bowden just left out the “moved on” part.

  11. bigmeechy74 - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    They should get him. The yankee way is to never develop any young talent, sign players in their mid 30’s, then trade for scrubs that teams are trying to get rid of, and then be great for no apparent reason! it’s so ridiculous!!! their pitching staff is amazing! It’s freaking shane greene, mccarthy, phelps, and whitley! LOL! If those guys played for any other team they would get shelled! What a cheesy team!!!!!!! Kennedy would DOMINATE for these guys! Oh and btw all the season previews talked about how the yankees would suck because of their “infield defense.” I said that I can’t think of ANYTHING that matters less. I got tons of thumbs down. So let me ask you, Does their infield defense seem to matter? Because I sure as hell haven’t noticed

  12. jilljulias - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Yeah, uh, no. Isn’t he a fly ball pitcher? Right handed fly ball pitchers really have a hard time in Yankees Stadium. Cleveland, K. C, Seattle would be much better fits for him.

  13. phantomspaceman - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    For whatever this is worth, Cashman said on the Michael Kay show on ESPN radio that he was more concerned with getting a bat than a pitcher at this point. The Yankees desperately need a bat. The makeshift rotation they’ve been running out there has held up pretty well.

    • bigharold - Jul 25, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      “… has held up pretty well.”

      So far. And, so far I’ve been fairly impressed by the pitching the Yankees are getting out of their replacement starters. But, it would be unwise to assume all of them will continue to fair as well as they have been so far. Also, I think Greene and Whitley might be bumping up against innings limits before the season is over.

      What I’m really worried about is Cliff Lee. I think there is cause for concern that Cashman gets desperate and works a deal for Lee. He has over $45 mil left on his current contract and if by some miracle he pitches 200 innings next season, his 2017 option vest so his contract then goes to north of $60 mil. The Yankees don’t need Lee to 2017 even if the Phillie’s are paying half.

      At this particular moment the Yankees need offense but before the season is over they likely need another starter so Cashman looking around is just due diligence.

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