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MLB Trade Rumors: Los Angeles Angels Trying to Trade for Padres’ Ian Kennedy; Beat Yankees to Former Pitcher

July 14th, 2014 at 4:06 AM
By Doug Rush

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."
 
While it makes sense for the Angels to try and land Street; as they already dealt closer Ernesto Frieri to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Jason Grilli, they will now try to add pitching depth with Kennedy, who is enjoying his time out in California and if traded from San Diego to Los Angeles, could see himself in a playoff race again.
 
The 29-year-old Kennedy is 7-9 with a 3.47 ERA with 133 strikeouts in 124.1 innings this season and would be joining a rotation that includes Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson and Garrett Richards. The Angels are 57-37 and are just 1.5 games out of first place in the A.L. West behind the Oakland A's, so a trade like is seen as a realistic option for Mike Scioscia's club.
 
If Kennedy comes off the market, it's the fourth pitching option that the Yankees would lose out on; Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel were both dealt to the Oakland A's and Arizona Diamondbacks starter Bronson Arroyo will undergo season-ending Tommy John Surgery to repair a tear in his pitching elbow.
 

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