MLB.com’s San Diego reporter Corey Brock [note: tough gig] tweets that the Diamondbacks and Padres have consummated a deal that will send starter Ian Kennedy, who was coveted by the Angels, to San Diego in exchange for setup man Joe Thatcher, minor league reliever Matt Stites, and a draft pick [note: !?!!?] in compensation round B (i.e. the kind of draft picks that can be traded).
He really made this whole thing, which I rushed to crank out when the trade’s details were still emerging, pretty fucking useless, eh?
I still think Kendrick is a good idea, though. (Also: fuck it, here’s my spitballin’ anyway.)
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Howie Kendrick of the Angels, we can all agree, would be a big upgrade on the detritus that has manned second base for the Jays for most of this year (with apologies to Maicer Izturis, who has had a pretty good last six weeks at the plate).
He’s also available, under contract for two years after this, and the Jays, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet, the Jays are interested.
They may be missing an opportunity for one way to land him, though, as the Angels are reportedly interested in the Diamondbacks’ Ian Kennedy, who– rumour has it– is close to being scooped up by the Padres… for mostly relievers!
Can the Jays not seriously match a package like that– say… Brett Cecil and John Stilson, or… y’know… likely guys slightly better than that? Then, with a player in hand that the Angels covet, wouldn’t that make it easier to flip him for Kendrick?
I’m not saying that Kennedy alone would be enough to land a second baseman who has been worth over eleven wins since the start of the the 2011 season and currently has a wOBA of .340, but add in a controllable bullpen piece? Or how about Sean Nolin, or– dare I say it– Marcus Stroman? Or maybe a bullpen piece and one of those two.
Could you hack it? Giving up, say… Cecil, Stilson, Wagner and Stroman and a mid-level prospect or two of some nature for Kendrick? Pretty sure I could. The Angels, I’m not sure about, but if they liked Kennedy and were getting some other decent pieces back?
I dunno. It’s been a boring deadline so far. What say you?
[Note: Don't bother saying anything, as Kennedy's already a Padre. See above. Kendrick, though...].
Update: Jim Bowden says the Jays are still talking Kendrick, as are the Royals and Dodgers. Is my suggestion anywhere close to what the market for him might look like? How the fuck should I know! I could see Scioscia falling in love with Emilio Bonifacio, if that changes anything.
Angels have had alot of action on Kendrick including: Blue Jays, Royals & Dodgers…they expect talks to continue thru day
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 31, 2013
Update the second: Kenny Ken Ken says hold your horses:
Sources: #Angels likely to keep Kendrick. Can’t find the right match for a starting pitcher. Could revisit in off-season.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2013
So… there’s that. Off-season works, too. And shit, the Jays might have surplus arms, depending on how their rotation problems shake out. Hey… I bet I can think of a certain Buffalo Bison in need of a change of scenery who might look good over there…