According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, Ian Kennedy signed a one-year/$6.1 million deal with the San Diego Padres. The deal avoids arbitration.
Ian kennedy agrees at $6.1M with padres for ’14, avoiding arb.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 17, 2014
Kennedy was traded to the Padres last season, and pitched decently for his new team. In 10 starts, Kennedy was 4-2 with a 4.24 ERA, 55 strikeouts, and 25 walks. He allowed 52 hits in 57.1 innings pitched, and had a 1.34 WHIP.
After three strong seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Kennedy’s numbers slipped in 2013 before being traded to the Padres. His numbers improved after the trade, and the Padres are expecting another solid year from Kennedy as their second or third starter.
The Padres and Tyson Ross avoided arbitration yesterday with a one-year/$1.98 million dollar deal. Ross will most likely be the fourth starter for the Padres followed by left-hander Eric Stults in the fifth spot.
Josh Johnson signed a one-year/$8 million deal with the Padres this offseason. Johnson had a rough 2013 with the Toronto Blue Jays, but the potential is there as the Friar’s second or third starter.
Andrew Cashner will be the ace of the staff. Cashner was 10-9 with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP in 2013. He finished with 128 strikeouts and 47 walks.