Ian Kennedy Trade to San Diego Padres: Yay or Nay?

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Ian Kennedy on opening day.

Ian Kennedy, the supposed ace of the Arizona Diamondbacks, was traded yesterday to the San Diego Padres.

It was one of the few moves of a high-profile player before the MLB trade deadline, and in return, the Diamondbacks get left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher, a AA-level pitching prospect, and a draft pick.

Two seasons ago, Kennedy was a candidate for the Cy Young award, posting a 21-4 record with a 2.88 ERA. He'd never had a season like that before, and he's never had one since.

This year, his record is 3-8, with a 5.23 ERA.

The key piece the Diamondbacks get in return is Thatcher, a 31-year-old, left-handed reliever, who has a 2.10 ERA in 50 appearances this year.

The Diamondbacks have two lefties in the bullpen, Matt Reynolds and Tony Sipp, but Reynolds has been injured for weeks now, and Sipp has been awful.

With the Diamondbacks now 3 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers, something has to change.

Let's hear from you: Do you approve the Kennedy trade?

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Kennedy had one good year.  It was a really good year.  We are missing whatever it was that created the environment for Kennedy to repeat...San Diego's cavernous ballpark will be more forgiving of those pitches Kennedy has continued to leave out over the plate.  He's good people.  Good luck to him.

I think we landed a legitimate Closer out of the deal and now have a decent lefty in the pen.  Good trade.  Let's get out of this horrible road trip and start stringing some series together.

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If you're going to pitch every 5th day you've got to help your team win and Kennedy wasn't doing that this year.  In fact, just the opposite - he was hurting this team.  Best of luck to him - hope he has more success in a less batter-friendly ballpark like San Diego.  I will say that our bullpen seems to have settled down over the last couple weeks (while our hitting has slumped) but another solid arm in the pen is always a plus.

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