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Ian Kennedy | Starting Pitcher | #31

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/19/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: USC
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (21) / NYY
Contract: view contract details
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Royals signed RHP Ian Kennedy to a five-year, $70 million contract.
The deal was reported two weeks ago and is finally official after the right-hander passed his physical. The Royals backloaded the contract, as Kennedy reportedly will make "only" $7.5 million in 2016 and then $13.5 million in 2017, $16 million in 2018, and $16.5 million in 2019 and 2020. The contract also contains an opt-out after the 2017 campaign which will net Kennedy a $6 million buyout if exercised. It's a bigger deal than most anticipated the right-hander would land, but Kennedy should be a solid addition to the middle of the Royals' rotation. Jan 29 - 12:08 PM

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MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that Ian Kennedy will make $7.5 million with the Royals in 2016.

The deal still isn't official, but Kennedy has reportedly agreed to a five-year, $70 million contract with the Royals which includes an opt-out after the second season. The first year of the deal gives Kansas City some wiggle room with their payroll, but the veteran right-hander will make $13.5 million in 2017, $16 million in 2018, and $16.5 million in 2019 and 2020. Kennedy had a 4.28 ERA with 31 homers allowed in 168 1/3 innings last season with the Padres, but the Royals are banking on a bounceback as he's reunited with pitching coach Dave Eiland.
Jan 27 - 10:26 AM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the five-year deal between Ian Kennedy and the Royals includes an opt-out clause after two seasons.

Depending on how the contract is structured, it's hard to envision Kennedy exercising that opt-out and finding more money on the open market unless he dominates during his first two years in Kansas City. He provides the necessary rotation upgrade that the World Champions have been seeking all off-season.
Jan 16 - 8:50 AM

Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Royals have agreed to a five-year, $70 million contract with free agent right-hander Ian Kennedy.

The two sides had made progress towards a deal yesterday and it appears that the contract has now been finalized. Kennedy is coming off of a disappointing 2015 campaign where he posted a 4.28 ERA and 1.29 WHIP over 168 1/3 innings with the Padres. He has proven to be very durable though, making at least 30 starts a year over the past six seasons, and adds a strong veteran presence to the Royals starting rotation.
Jan 16 - 8:42 AM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Royals "are said to be making progress" on a contract with Ian Kennedy.

It doesn't sound like anything is imminent, but Heyman adds that "talks are ongoing." The Royals appear to have set their sights on Kennedy as they look to upgrade their rotation, although the Nationals, Astros and Rockies have also been in on him. Kennedy will cost the team that signs him a draft pick and he's coming off a year where he posted a 4.28 ERA. But, he struck out over a batter per inning in 2015 and has made at least 30 starts in six straight seasons.
Jan 15 - 8:24 AM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Royals "seem very focused" on free agent right-hander Ian Kennedy.

Other teams are involved, as Heyman mentioned Tuesday that the Nationals, Astros and Rockies are possible landing spots, but the Royals have an obvious need and Kennedy has a history with pitching coach Dave Eiland. Of course, it will all come down to the money. Coming off a 4.28 ERA in 2015, Kennedy's market has been slow to develop because he's attached to draft pick compensation.
Jan 13 - 8:33 AM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman hears that the Royals, Nationals, Astros and Rockies are "seen as the most likely spots" for Ian Kennedy.

The market for Kennedy has been understandably slow to develop, as the team that signs him will have to forfeit a draft pick. Kennedy posted a mediocre 4.28 ERA in 2015, but he also struck out over a batter per inning and has also logged at least 30 starts in six straight seasons.
Jan 12 - 8:20 PM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Royals are among the teams with "strong interest" in free agent right-hander Ian Kennedy.

The expectation is that the Royals will make a strong push now that the Alex Gordon deal is done. We haven't heard much about Kennedy since he declined a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer from the Padres in November, likely because teams are hesitant to surrender a draft pick for him. The Royals are in search of a replacement for Johnny Cueto and could be willing to go there if the price is right.
Jan 6 - 12:37 PM

Ian Kennedy has declined the Padres' one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer.

Kennedy was one of the players that some speculated could take the offer, but the right-hander has decided to test out the free agent waters instead. The right-hander posted a 4.28 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 174/52 K/BB ratio over 168 1/3 innings for the Padres in 2015.
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 03:45:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Ian Kennedy will reject the Padres' $15.8 million qualifying offer.

Some suspected that the righty could accept it, especially after Colby Rasmus and Matt Wieters did, but Kennedy has decided to test things out on the open market. The Padres' payroll is already stretched near its limit, so they'll surely relieved that Kennedy is rejecting the offer. The right-hander posted a 4.28 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 174/52 K/BB ratio over 168 1/3 innings in 2015.
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 02:19:00 PM

According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the "current expectation" is that Ian Kennedy will turn down the Padres' qualifying offer.

The $15.8 million qualifying offer would be a significant raise for Kennedy (he earned $9.85 million in 2015) and one that he probably isn't deserving of after posting a mediocre 4.28 ERA this past season. However, the security of a long-term deal might be too good to pass up. Justin Upton, who was also given a qualifying offer on Friday, is almost certain to test free agency.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 06:15:00 PM

Padres extended a $15.8 million qualifying offer to RHP Ian Kennedy.

It's a bit of a gamble for a team with a low payroll, especially since Kennedy is coming off a season where he posted a 4.28 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. However, the right-hander will turn just 31 next month and has mostly been a reliable inning-eater for the last six seasons, so $15.8 million for one year wouldn't be terrible. It's possible he'll accept the offer.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 05:13:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Padres plan to extend a $15.8 million qualifying offer to Ian Kennedy.

It's possible Kennedy could be the first ever to accept the qualifying offer, although this might be his last chance to get a decent-sized multi-year contract. The right-hander held a 4.28 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 174/52 K/BB ratio over 168 1/3 innings for the Padres this season.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 12:41:00 PM

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres are leaning toward giving Ian Kennedy a qualifying offer.

This backs up a report from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports in mid-October. If the Padres do extend a qualifying offer, it will be one year for $15.8 million. Last season, Kennedy held a 4.28 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 174/52 K/BB ratio over 168 1/3 innings (30 starts). The right-hander turns 31 on December 19.
Wed, Nov 4, 2015 08:52:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that "Padres people have been suggesting there's a likelihood" of them extending a qualifying offer to Ian Kennedy.

However, Heyman notes that rival executives "remain skeptical" about the offer being given. Kennedy almost surely wouldn't be able to find $15.8 million annually on a long-term deal as a free agent, but overpaying a bit in order to lock him up for one season wouldn't be the worst idea. Slated to turn 31 in December, Kennedy has posted a 3.92 ERA with over a strikeout per inning the last two years with San Diego.
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 10:45:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Tony Cruz
3Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2Cody Decker
2B1Omar Infante
2Christian Colon
3Ramon Torres
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Raul Mondesi
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
2Jose Martinez
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Terrance Gore
3Brett Eibner
4Bubba Starling
RF1Jarrod Dyson
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Edinson Volquez
3Ian Kennedy
4Chris Young
5Kris Medlen
6Danny Duffy
7Jason Vargas
8Dillon Gee
9John Lannan
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Wade Davis
2Kelvin Herrera
3Joakim Soria
4Luke Hochevar
5Tim Collins
6Scott Alexander
7Miguel Almonte
8Brian Flynn
9Peter Moylan