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MLB Trade Rumors: New York Yankees Scouted Ian Kennedy on Wednesday

July 24th, 2014 at 9:29 AM
By Michael Moraitis

The New York Yankees scouts were in attendance in Chicago on Wednesday night for San Diego Padres starter Ian Kennedy's start against the Cubs.

In that start, Kennedy allowed three runs on three hits with six strikeouts over six innings against the lowly Cubbies.

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports first reported the news:

The fact that the Yanks were scouting him means they are at least a little interested in the right-hander, who would certainly be an upgrade to the team's staff before the trade deadline. Kennedy is pitching to a 3.66 ERA this season, with an 8-9 record on a terrible team.

The 29-year-old was once wearing pinstripes from 2007-09 and was one of the organization's top prospects, although he never really panned out and was later traded to Arizona.

Since leaving the Bronx, the Huntington Beach, California native posted solid seasons in 2009 and 2010, both with an ERA under four. In 2010, Kennedy won 21 games and looked to be on his way to ace status. He finished fourth in Cy Young voting that season.

Kennedy's impressive numbers from the desert have cooled since going to San Diego, but he is having his best season there in 2014. He looks to have rebounded from a few bad seasons in a row and could be a stellar middle-of-the-rotation guy for most teams.

Kennedy still has one more year of arbitration, so there is more value in that sense considering the Yanks will have to let go of some young and hopefully mid-level prospects at most to get him. Knowing he won't leave after 2014 makes doing so much easier.

The Yanks will hope Kennedy is very motivated to show that his struggles in New York were a mirage and that he can be closer to the pitcher the Yanks hoped he would be years ago.

General manager Brian Cashman recently made a deal with the Padres when he acquired Chase Headley. It's clear there's already a relationship there and as a result, it's possible the Yanks can swing a deal that works for both sides.

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