MLB: A Look at Ian Kennedy
At one time it looked like a long career in a Diamondbacks’ uniform for Ian Kennedy, but now it seems to be quickly dissolving into something else altogether.
Kennedy, along with his agent, Scott Boras, reportedly pushed away the Diamondbacks management regarding an extension last winter. Now it appears that the Diamondbacks have the upper-hand. The team may offer him a low salary in arbitration this year and if he is unwilling to accept it, they may just let him leave.
Kennedy is arbitration eligible for the second time in his career. He is making $4.2 million this year and will miss out on a big raise unless he turns things around soon. The team could be looking to trade him before the July 31st MLB trading deadline as well. He looks to be the odd man out in a crowded starting pitching rotation for the Diamondbacks. Tyler Skaggs is going to need a permanent place in the rotation for 2014 and Archie Bradley will likely need one as well. Also in the wings are David Holmberg and Charles Brewer, so Kennedy needs to turn it around in a hurry if he is going to remain a Diamondback.
Kennedy is also potentially losing out on a big payday with his so far sub-par 2013 performance. He is currently 3- 4 and has a 5.21 ERA over 84.2 innings and is averaging only six innings per start and his walks are up and his strikeouts are down.
Kennedy recently dropped his appeal on the 10-game suspension for his part in the hitting of batters in the series with the Dodgers. With off days included, Kennedy will miss one start and could have his second start pushed back a day to June 29, when he is eligible to return.
Let’s hope Kennedy bounces back to his 2011 form, when he posted 21 wins that season.
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