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Friday, January 17, 2014

Padres sign Ian Kennedy to one-year contract

By on 1/17/2014 07:00:00 AM

The San Diego Padres finished last season with a 76-86 record and only two pitchers on their staff, Eric Stults and Andrew Cahsner, has at least ten wins.  Part of the problem was that the Padres were near the bottom in the league in runs scored.  Nevertheless, only Stults started 30 or more games and six starting pitchers had an ERA over four. Certainly, pitching was an area of concern that needed to be addressed. The Padres have helped address that problem with the signing of pitcher Ian Kennedy to a one-year contract.

Jon Heyman, baseball writer,  tweeted the following on the Kennedy deal.
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Kennedy earned $4.265 million last season in what is his second winter of arbitration eligibility. Although Kennedy had a disappointing 4.91 ERA last season, his ERA was 4.24 for the Padres.  He has had plenty of success in the Major Leagues and should benefit from pitching half of his games at Petco Park.

Kennedy was drafted in the first round of the 2006 amateur draft by the New York Yankees.  He posted an ERA of 1.89 in three games in 2007.  Kennedy's best season was in 2011 when he went 21-4 for the Arizona Diamondbacks with a 2.88 ERA.  In 143 career games, Kennedy is 53-40 with a 4.00 ERA.


  1. Kennedy was amazing in Arizona a couple of years ago. I'm interested in seeing if he can return to that form.