The Arizona Diamondbacks may have lost one of their best trade chips.
On Monday, the club placed reliever Ian Kennedy on the injured list with right calf inflammation. Per MLB Trade Rumors:
A timetable isn’t yet known about when Kennedy could return, though even if he is able to get back on the mound after the 15-day minimum, he won’t have much time to audition for possible trade suitors. The 35-44 Diamondbacks are looking like sellers at the August 2 trade deadline, and Kennedy (signed to a one-year, $4.75MM deal in March) is a logical candidate to be moved as a rental player.
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The 37-year-old Kennedy has a 3.58 ERA and four saves this season in 32 appearances. He transitioned to the bullpen in 2019 with the Kansas City Royals.
But Kennedy broke into the majors as a starter, making his MLB debut with the Yankees in 2007. Kennedy was New York’s first-round pick, No. 21 overall, in the 2006 MLB Draft.
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After the 2009 season, the Yankees sent Kennedy to the Diamondbacks in the three-team deal with the Detroit Tigers which brought outfielder Curtis Granderson to the Bronx. That was the same deal which saw the D’backs send future three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer to Detroit.
Kennedy later played for the San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies before returning to Arizona this season.
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