Padres officially acquire RHP Ian Kennedy from Diamondbacks


The San Diego Padres acquired Ian Kennedy from the Arizona Diamondbacks for  LHP Joe Thatcher, RHP Matt Stites and a compensation B draft pick.

Stites 23, is 2-2 with a 2.08 ERA and 14 saves in 46 games with Double-A San Antonio.

The Diamondbacks confirmed the trade in a news release Wednesday afternoon, less than two hours before baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline.



Kennedy, 28, had a 3.55 ERA over 98 starts from 2010-2012. Although he  struggled this season, going 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA in 21 starts, he should benefit from a more pitcher-friendly environment at Petco Park in San Diego.

Kennedy is poised to receive a raise from his $4.27 million salary via arbitration this winter, and is not eligible for free agency until 2015.

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