Jul 30, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Ian Kennedy (31) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Padres acquire Ian Kennedy from Arizona Diamondbacks

The San Diego Padres have made a move ahead of the trade deadline, adding right handed pitcher Ian Kennedy from the Arizona Diamondbacks. The trade is being reported by Corey Brock of MLB.com:

The Diamondbacks get left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher and right handed prospect Matt Stites and a compensation round B draft pick. The Padres have been searching for a starting pitcher and the Diamondbacks have been looking for a reliever so both teams fill needs.

Kennedy has had less than a stellar season. He is 3-8 through 21 starts this season. He has a 5.23 ERA through 124 innings pitched. He has struck out 108 batters and has walked 48.

He does go from a team that was 3.5 games out of first place in the NL West to a team 2.5 games out of dead last in that same division. The Padres are only 5 games behind Arizona and within reach of the Dodgers at only 8.5 games back. Stranger things have happened.

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