Jim Bowden of ESPN has reported via Twitter that the New York Yankees and Padres are heavily discussing a deal that would send pitcher Ian Kennedy to the Yankees in exchange for two of the Yankees best prospects.
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 25, 2014
Both Ian Clarkin, a left-handed pitcher, and third baseman Eric Jagielo were taken by New York in the first round of the 2013 First Year Player Draft and are both highly regarded young prospects. Kennedy, a former Yankee, would go to New York to help bolster their injury-depleted pitching staff. The 19-year-old Clarkin is 3-3 with a 3.36 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 61.2 innings for the Yankees’ Class-A club and Jagielo (22) is batting .242 with 13 home runs and 41 RBI in 58 games with the Yankees Class-A team. Both are in their first full professional season and, despite having some speed bumps, are both making strides and progressing quickly. While this trade should excite Padres fans Jon Heyman of CBS Sports sent out two tweets that have all but dashed hopes of this deal.
yankees are interested in kennedy but not in clarkin plus jagielo for kennedy. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 25, 2014
Heyman, usually on top of his game at all times, tweeted this rebuttal shortly after Bowden’s original report. If that wasn’t enough, Heyman seemingly drove the final nail into the proverbial coffin a few minutes later with this tweet.
theres nothing hot at all with kennedy and yankees at moment. theyd like a SP but no match to date on Ian K.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 25, 2014
Not the best news for Padres’ fans who are hoping to see the front office acquire some young talent and build for the future. Heyman’s tweets seem to carry more weight at the moment and Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish has backed his sources with his own. But, Bowden’s report didn’t just come out of this air (Or maybe they did. Who knows? It wouldn’t be the first time) and fans of the Friars should keep a close eye on trade rumors as the the July 31st Trade Deadline inches closer and closer. For now it seems as though Jagielo and Clarkin will remain property of the New York Yankees.