One of the less common talked about trade options for the New York Yankees as far as starting pitching goes has been Ian Kennedy of the San Diego Padres; although for many, he hasn't been the most popular choice amongst fans.
Kennedy was once a former top Yankees pitching prospect that struggled with the team and found success in the National League with the Arizona Diamondbacks and now, the San Diego Padres and with the Padres out of the playoff race and an obvious team to sell this coming month, Kennedy's name came up for trade rumors as a bit of a fallback option in case they couldn't land guys like David Price, Cliff Lee or Cole Hamels.
However, it looks like the Yankees could get beaten to the punch, as Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported on Sunday night that the Los Angeles Angels are serious about trying to trade for Kennedy, along with closer Huston Street.
"The Los Angeles Angels, trailing the A's by 1-1/2 games, are trying to counter their division rivals by targeting both Padres All-Star closer Huston Street and right-hander Ian Kennedy, according to major league sources. The teams have discussed Street, but their talks have yet to include Kennedy, sources say. In addition, a package deal might be difficult to complete with the Padres controlling both Street and Kennedy through 2015."