Ian Kennedy, San Diego Padres
2015 Salary: $9.85 million
Kennedy has had one outstanding year in his nine-year career. He went 21-4 in 2011 for the Arizona Diamondbacks. It’s been tough sledding since for the 30-year-old right-hander. Kennedy will be 31 on Opening Day, and has a career 3.98 ERA. In the four years following Kennedy’s solid 2001, the pitcher has only one sub-4.00 ERA season, despite pitching in Petco Park.
Kennedy may have a hard time finding a team willing to give up a high draft pick. Of all the players receiving a qualifying offer, Kennedy may be coming off the worst season. Kennedy has gone backward since his best season. It’s become very clear that Kennedy is a .500 pitcher who will give a team close to 200 innings and a 4.00 ERA. Not many teams will want to give up a first-round pick for that. Kennedy will find a home if he does not take the qualifying offer, but it might take some time. If anyone takes the bait this winter, it should be Kennedy. Scott Boras may not be willing to sign off on that, however.