Pirates, Royals and Marlins all interested in Ian Kennedy

With the MLB trade deadline approaching one player who has been in the headlines recently is San Diego Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy.

Kennedy is not a certainty to be moved at the deadline but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins have all expressed interest in the 29-year-old right hander.

The Padres reason for keeping Kennedy is because he has a year of arbitration left. However given Kennedy’s success this season they want to strike while the iron is hot.

In 22 starts this season Kennedy is jsut 8-9 but boasts a 3.66 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. He has a 143/42 K/BB ratio on the season.

The Padres are also considering trades for reliever Joaquin Benoit with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians being two potential landing places.

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