Among names speculated upon as possibilities for the Baltimore Orioles in a trade to bolster their pitching staff is Ian Kennedy of the San Diego Padres. This was reported by mlb.com Orioles writer Britt Ghiroli. And Roch Kubatko of MASN also wrote that Jim Duquette said on MLB Radio that the Orioles offered Miguel Gonzalez for Kennedy.
I certainly like the sound of this possibility better than A.J. Burnett of the Phillies or Jorge De La Rosa of the Colorado Rockies, who would only be minimal upgrades, if that. And this is more than a two-month rental, as Kennedy is under team control for another year.
So why would the San Diego Padres consider this? Gonzalez would come at a price that is less than 10% the cost of Kennedy, and he has two more years under team control. It would also be bringing Miguel home to where he went to high school – San Fernando.
Gonzalez has pitched two very good consecutive eight-inning outings. He enters tonight’s start against the Angels with a 4-5 record, along with an ERA of 4.04 and WHIP of 1.449. But over his three seasons with the Orioles, those numbers are 24-17 / 3.69 / 1.274 … not bad!
Ian Kennedy is being pursued by a number of teams and there is a lot of discussion about him in trade rumors. He is currently 7-9 with a 3.62 ERA and WHIP of 1.214. He is just three years away from a 21-4 season with the Diamondbacks. Kennedy is averaging over six innings per start and has logged 129.1 so far this year.
This is a simple way to upgrade the rotation, while creating the rotation opening by the trade of Gonzalez. It keeps the treasured minor league talents in the Orioles organization. Make it happen Dan!