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Ian Kennedy | Starting Pitcher

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/19/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: USC
Contract: view contract details

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RHP 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. 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. Nov 13 - 3:45 PM

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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.
Nov 13 - 2:19 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.
Nov 7 - 6:15 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.
Nov 6 - 5:13 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.
Nov 6 - 12:41 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.
Nov 4 - 8:52 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.
Oct 16 - 10:45 AM

Ian Kennedy fanned 11 while allowing one run over six innings Thursday in a victory against the Brewers.

Kennedy struggled late while pitching in front of the game's worst defense, so even after this nice outing, he ends the year with a 4.28 ERA. Of course, he can't exactly blame the defense for the 30 homers allowed. Still, free-agent suitors should take note of his 174/52 K/BB ratio in 168 1/3 innings.
Oct 1 - 10:39 PM

Ian Kennedy was touched up for seven runs in 4 2/3 innings by the Giants on Saturday.

He'll probably never say it, but it has to be frustrating that the Padres are running out the game's worst defense behind him while Kennedy is in his free agency stretch run. It's not like they don't have better defensive arrangements than Wil Myers in center and Jedd Gyorko at short. Kennedy has now given up 11 earned runs in his last two starts, taking his ERA from 3.88 to 4.28.
Sep 12 - 11:54 PM

Ian Kennedy was tagged for six runs -- four earned -- in five innings by the Rockies in Monday's loss.

The Padres aren't doing Kennedy any favors by rolling out the game's worst defense behind him, with Wil Myers starting in center field (even with Yonder Alonso out and first base open) and Jedd Gyorko playing shortstop. Kennedy struck out nine and walked just one today.
Sep 7 - 7:41 PM

Ian Kennedy matched his career high by striking out 12 over seven frames in a no-decision Wednesday against the Rangers.

He allowed two runs on five hits and two walks. Quietly, Kennedy has been one of the best pitchers in baseball since the start of June (he entered that month with a 7.15 ERA). Coming into tonight, Kennedy had a 2.32 ERA and 9.66 K/9 rate across his last eight starts. He's a strong start on Monday at home against the Rockies.
Sep 3 - 1:54 AM

Ian Kennedy logged a quality start in Friday's loss to the Phillies, allowing two runs on two hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Kennedy also issued five walks on the night while punching out seven. He has been brilliant in eight starts since the All-Star break, compiling a 2.32 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 54/17 K/BB ratio over 50 1/3 innings. He'll look to continue that strong stretch when he does battle against the Rangers on Wednesday.
Aug 28 - 10:03 PM

Ian Kennedy struck out 10 over six-plus scoreless innings Saturday in the Padres' 8-0 defeat of the Cardinals.

The 30-year-old right-hander was fantastic, scattering seven hits and walking just one while pitching into the seventh inning and out-dueling Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez. Kennedy has been a disappointment for the most part in 2015, but he's certainly capable of a strong finish. He'll carry a 4.01 ERA and 1.26 WHIP into his next outing on the road against a really bad Phillies team.
Aug 23 - 12:12 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Ian Kennedy and Joaquin Benoit were both claimed on revocable waivers and then pulled back.

Thus, they're not going to be traded this month. Heyman notes that Kennedy had a chance to clear waivers given his $9.85 million salary, but it didn't happen. The Padres were surprisingly quiet at last month's deadline and it doesn't look like they're going to get any waiver deals done, either.
Aug 18 - 7:22 PM

Ian Kennedy fell to 7-11 in Sunday's game against the Rockies, allowing four runs (one earned) on four hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Kennedy struck out eight and walked just one on the afternoon. Carlos Gonzalez nipped him with a solo homer in the fourth inning, but the seventh proved to be a true house of horrors for the 30-year-old right-hander. In the frame, he served up a three-run double to Michael McKenry after a Derek Norris error opened the floodgates with two outs. Kennedy will take a 4.20 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 113/37 K/BB ratio across 122 innings into his next start, a home showdown with the Cardinals.
Aug 16 - 7:32 PM

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2B1Jedd Gyorko
2Jose Pirela
SS1Alexi Amarista
2Jose Rondon
3B1Yangervis Solarte
2Cory Spangenberg
LF1Wil Myers
CF1Travis Jankowski
2Melvin Upton
3Manuel Margot
RF1Matt Kemp
2Alex Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
S1James Shields
2Andrew Cashner
3Ian Kennedy
4Tyson Ross
5Colin Rea
6Robbie Erlin
7Casey Kelly
8Cory Luebke
9Brandon Morrow
Relief Pitcher
R1Brandon Maurer
2Shawn Kelley
3Marc Rzepczynski
4Marcos Mateo
5Kevin Quackenbush
6Odrisamer Despaigne
7Nick Vincent
8Jon Edwards
9Frank Garces
10Jay Jackson
11Cory Mazzoni