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Fantasy Stats: 8 W, 3.66 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 143 K (135.1 IP)
As the trade deadline nears, it's no secret the San Diego Padres are sellers. Heck, they've already traded closer Huston Street and third baseman Chase Headley in the past week. It's looking like Ian Kennedy could be next.
There are rumors galore that the 29-year-old who is a year-and-a-half from free agency could be moved, and one of the most recent reports, via George King of the New York Post, has the New York Yankees as a possible destination.
While that would reunite Kennedy with the team that drafted him and give the Yankees' injury-depleted five-man another arm, it just wouldn't be a good fit for fantasy purposes. Yankee Stadium has the second-highest home run factor, according to ESPN's Park Factors, and Kennedy is still more of a fly-ball pitcher. (This is part of why Kennedy didn't work out with the Yankees back in 2007-09.)
Even if Kennedy doesn't wind up going back to New York, you probably should try to get something decent for him now, before he leaves the hurler haven that is Petco Park. Granted, Kennedy actually has been better on the road (3.18 ERA) than at home (4.18 ERA) this year, but any pitcher leaving Petco is going to see his stats dip: It ranks as one of the five best parks for pitchers in each of runs, homers, hits and doubles, according to those same park factors mentioned earlier.
Kennedy has been a very solid third or fourth fantasy starter so far, but his best for 2014 is probably behind him, especially if he's leaving San Diego.
Statistics are accurate through July 24 and come from MLB.com, Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com, except where otherwise noted.
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