Ian Kennedy will flourish as a Padre in “America’s Finest City.”
In a remarkably poor decision, the Arizona Diamondbacks traded pitcher Ian Kennedy to the San Diego Padres on Wednesday in exchange for Joe Thatcher, Matt Stites and a compensatory draft pick.
Set to receive a $4.27 million raise this winter via arbitration, the 28-year-old Kennedy (3-8, 5.23 ERA) has performed poorly on the hill throughout 2013.
Nevertheless, despite losing three in a row, the Diamondbacks (54-52) only sit 3.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West.
Considering the yearlong struggles of hurlers Kennedy, Trevor Cahill, Wade Miley and Brandon McCarthy, the Diamondbacks should be thankful it’s not already dark in the “Valley of the Sun.”
Patrick Corbin’s dominance has primarily kept the snakes loaded with venom and compensated for 80 percent of Arizona’s staff banging the pooch.
Going 49-38 with a 3.99 ERA since debuting in September 2007, the 6-foot, 190 pound Kennedy was perfectly capable of returning to form and producing as a Diamondback.
Essentially axing the former Trojan for a trio of gumps, Arizona’s franchise quit this afternoon.
Relocating to “America’s Finest City,” Ian Kennedy and the Padres will develop a solid working relationship through 2015.