Updates from Thursday, July 24
At least three teams are currently interested in Ian Kennedy, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:
Jon Morosi of Fox Sports 1 had reported on another team showing interest in Kennedy:
Yankees are trying to trade for a starting pitcher. They scouted Ian Kennedy in Chicago last night, source says.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 24, 2014
CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman previously provided an update on what it would take for a team to land Kennedy:
The Padres have sent word to some teams that they would need to be overwhelmed to trade Ian Kennedy, sources said. Or at least that's the message being received.
That isn't to say Kennedy won't be dealt, of course. But the indication seems to be that the Padres aren't anxious to trade the veteran right-hander.
Updates from Sunday, July 20
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports at least two teams are currently scouting Ian Kennedy:
Updates from Wednesday, July 16
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the Padres have been discussing a potential trade surrounding Ian Kennedy with more than one team:
In the wake of several trades for starting pitchers, San Diego Padres star Ian Kennedy could also be on the move come the July 31 MLB trade deadline.
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Los Angeles Angels could target the veteran right-hander:
The Los Angeles Angels, trailing the A's by 1-1/2 games, are trying to counter their division rivals by targeting both Padres All-Star closer Huston Street and right-hander Ian Kennedy, according to major league sources.
The teams have discussed Street, but their talks have yet to include Kennedy, sources say. In addition, a package deal might be difficult to complete with the Padres controlling both Street and Kennedy through 2015.
The Angels could use a boost in the rotation, especially after C.J. Wilson's recent injury, which has landed him on the 15-day DL. Kennedy would represent a nice addition. The 29-year-old has been mostly effective in his first full season with the Padres. Despite a record of 7-9, Kennedy owns a 3.47 ERA, 2.94 FIP, 1.190 WHIP and 133 strikeouts over 124.1 innings pitched.
For a Padres team without a bona fide ace, Kennedy has acted as one.
Fox Sports' Jon Morosi noted back on the first of the month that his stock is on the rise:
Ian Kennedy's trade value on the rise. Another quality start tonight: 6 innings, 1 earned run vs. Reds.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 2, 2014
This is perhaps the best time for the Padres to trade him, and even his teammates know it. Chase Headley told MLB.com that Kennedy is looking like he used to, via ESPN.com: "He looks back to the form I've seen in the past."
Of course, nothing is imminent, and Rosenthal reported that the team isn't even sure about moving him:
"The Padres likely will trade their potential free agents, third baseman Chase Headley and outfielder Chris Denorfia. They are taking offers for both Street and setup man Joaquin Benoit. But they are 'lukewarm' on moving Kennedy, sources say."
Kennedy would be a nice upgrade for a team seeking a middle-of-the-rotation arm. Multiple teams need such a pitcher, and one with Kennedy's experience would help stabilize a rotation in need of a boost.
Teams in playoff races would be wise to pick up the phone and give the Friars a call. For Kennedy, he'll hope to continue his strong run of form regardless of where he ultimately ends up.
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