Ian Kennedy could be the San Diego Padres’ best trade chip right now, but the Padres don’t want to part with the right hander. Dennis Lin of U-T San Diego says that despite Kennedy’s high value, the Padres will most likely hold onto the pitcher and may give him a big contract at the end of the season.
Kennedy showed his stuff again Saturday night, blanking the Dodgers for 8 innings while allowing just 3 hits and striking out 8. But the Padres’ hitting woes struck them again and San Diego wound up losing the game 1-0 when reliever Kevin Quackenbush blew it in the ninth.
Kennedy now has a 3.47 ERA on the season with a 1.190 WHIP and 133 strikeouts in 124 innings. Some contending team like the Yankees, Blue Jays or Dodgers would love to have him but don’t look for a trade to happen. The Padres seem intent on holding on to Kennedy unless some team blows them away with a major package.
The same can’t be said for the rest of San Diego’s more valuable commodities. Andrew Cashner, Chase Headley, Jedd Gyorko and Carlos Quentin have all been mentioned in rumors and can be had without a blow-me-away deal. The Padres are terrible so expect the sell-off to begin soon.