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 deadline day?
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 that Kennedy’s mechanics from the stretch are wildly inconsistent (h/t to Bryant on that), which could explain his issues in 2013. His numbers with men on, RISP, and medium-high leverage situations seem to indicate some correlation. This is an issue that should be fixable, especially if Darren Balsley is the pitching coach everyone likes to think he is. We’ll see, but this is still a great trade.
For Kennedy, a mid-rotation starting pitcher who averages around 200 IP and is controllable through 2015, the Padres gave up a LOOGY, a AA reliever (who our very own Padres Prospects rated as a high-ceiling relief pitcher), and a competitive balance draft pick. It looks like a steal, and the draft pick is really the only thing I hate to part with. It’s a deal you have to make, and Josh Byrnes did. Byrnes had stated a desire to build upon this foundation he has, where I (and many other fans) had been adamant about our desire to see him move expendable parts. Much to his credit, he managed to do both in a single trade! We poke fun at him, but credit where credit is due; Byrnes did a great job here. He not only drank his iced coffee, he took away KT’s iced coffee and drank that. Gotta love a good deal at the expense of Kevin Towers.
I’m going to add a poll, because I’ve never added a poll to a post before! If you don’t like the trade, tell us why in the comments section.
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