The Arizona Diamondbacks wanted to unload starting pitcher Ian Kennedy and they did so, shipping him to the division-rival San Diego Padres. It was the first swap of the busy two-hour window before MLB's trade deadline.
Kennedy — who was 21-4 with a 2.88 ERA in 2011 — has been a disappointment in Arizona this season with a 5.23 ERA and a 3-8 record. A surplus of starters in Arizona (not a bad problem to have) made Kennedy expendable for the D-backs.
The Padres are giving Arizona some bullpen help and a compensatory-round draft pick — the most help-us-now player being lefty setup man Joe Thatcher (3-1, 2.10 ERA). The other player going to Arizona is relief pitcher Matt Stites, who is currently in Double-A. All these details confirmed by Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan.
The trade has a few interesting points:
• Ian Kennedy is under team control through 2015. That makes him appealing to the Padres, who aren't exactly in a win-now position and could use starting pitching. Kennedy may enjoy pitcher-friendly Petco Park too.
• The D-backs must have really wanted to move Kennedy if they sent him to a division rival, particularly one for whom he could play for a couple more years.
• Kennedy, who was at the center of the D-backs-Dodgers brawl earlier this season, joins another batch of players who have put up their dukes against the Dodgers this year. Think he and new teammate Carlos Quentin will compare notes on Zack Greinke?