As the July 31st non-waiver trading deadline is now less than 24 hours away, the San Diego Padres still have some valuable pieces that can be dealt to contending teams. The only question is, who do they want to hold on to, and move forward with, as a new general manager is expected to be announced in the coming weeks?
According to Fox Sports’ and MLB Network Insider Ken Rosenthal, three new teams have risen to express interest in veteran right-handed pitcher Ian Kennedy. The Padres have already stated that because Kennedy is under team control through next season, at more than a manageable contract, the team would have to be highly impressed with the offer coming back to San Diego to part with the former 20-game winner.
So far, the two teams that have shown the most interest in acquiring Kennedy, are the Los Angeles Angels, who previously dealt four minor leaguers to the Padres in exchange for closer Huston Street and a minor leaguer, and Kennedy’s original team, the New York Yankees.
The Baltimore Orioles had been rumored to have interest in Kennedy as well, but reports from earlier today, have the Orioles and Boston Red Sox discussing a deal that would send Jon Lester to Baltimore, as it appears the defending World Series champions are waving the white flag in 2014. The St. Louis Cardinals had also been rumored to be interested in Kennedy, only to fill their starting pitching needs by trading for fireballer Justin Masterson of the Cleveland Indians earlier today.