As the trade deadline is looms on Major League Baseball, many baseball general managers have been at their phones non stop to try and strike a deal that will put their team in a position to make a move at a playoff run or help rebuild their teams for the future.
After the Dodgers signed former San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson yesterday to a one-year deal, more teams in the division are going to attempt to keep up with them as they try to pull away from the pack. The first big move has now happened, although very bizarre, it still has surfaced.
According to Corey Brock of MLB.com, the Arizona Diamondbacks have traded starting pitcher Ian Kennedy to the San Diego Padres for left handed pitcher Joe Thatcher a prospect and a draft pick.
— Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) July 31, 2013
Kennedy entered the 2013 season with extremely high expectations and certainly has not lived up to them. This season he has posted a record of 3-8 with 5.23 ERA in 124 innings pitched.
Dodger fans of course remember Kennedy for his inability to pitch effectively inside resulting in the pegging Yasiel Puig in the face and starting pitcher Zack Greinke in the shoulder resulting in a benches clearing brawl between the DBacks and Dodgers.
Many are confused by this move but it makes sense for both sides in a way. The Padres achilles heel for some time now has been their starting pitching and landing Kennedy can certainly fill that void. For Diamondbacks, they have an abundance of starting pitching and Kennedy is set to make a lot of money in arbitration this off-season so you could see why the DBacks wanted to get him off the payroll.
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