Ian Kennedy traded to Padres 

July, 31, 2013

Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Ian Kennedy certainly seemed to need a change of scenery after struggling to a 4.47 ERA since the start of 2011, and honestly, what better place than San Diego? Not only is the weather awesome, but that large ballpark can make any fly ball pitcher look better than he really is. With Kennedy, his fall from 21-win grace in 2011 to below-average starting pitcher in 2013 showed both extremes. He’s neither as good as he once looked nor as bad as the numbers show from this season.

That’s the easy way of saying that, now that Kennedy has been dealt to the San Diego Padres for a pretty uninspiring package of lefty reliever Joe Thatcher, prospect Matt Stites and a draft pick, his value will rise, but fantasy owners shouldn’t expect the guy who finished fourth in NL Cy Young voting a few years ago to suddenly resurface. In that magical 2011 season, when Kennedy was 21-4 with a 2.88 ERA, he was aided by a low BABIP and low contact and home run rates. In 2012 some of his numbers normalized, but a final ERA of 4.02 was a more likely representative of who he is. This year Kennedy has really struggled, but there’s upside for the future because of Petco Park.