Report: Padres’ Ian Kennedy drawing trade interest

This 10-game road trip very well could determine whether or not the San Diego Padres become sellers at the trade deadline. Justin Upton is a name that might become available, but one of the Padres’ starting pitchers is starting to get some attention.

Padres starting pitcher Ian Kennedy is “starting to garner some interest as a possible trade deadline acquisition,” according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

Kennedy, 30, is having a rough start to the year. In 14 games started, he has allowed 17 home runs to go along with a 4-7 record, a 4.86 ERA and 70/23 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He is making $9.85 million this season and is scheduled to hit free agency at the end of the year.

In nine-years at the big league level, Kennedy has gone 70-60 with a 3.99 ERA and 1036/383 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

After having a 21-4 record with a 2.88 ERA with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011, Kennedy has yet to have an ERA lower than 3.60 since then.

That being said, the Padres likely won’t be able to land a prospect of significant value in Kennedy trade given his struggles this year and lack of recent success.

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