Report: Padres, Red Sox have discussed trading Ian Kennedy for Yoenis Cesepdes


FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal has the scoop

Ian Kennedy posted a cool 3.63 ERA and 207 strikeouts in 201 innings this past season for San Diego, but he is due to become a free agent next winter. The Red Sox either want a pitcher who’s a little more dominant or one who carries a few more years of contractual control.

Cespedes is also entering a contract year and it’s a little weird the Padres — who went 77-85 in 2014 — would be willing to part with such a good trade chip in Kennedy for a player who might not be around very long. But the Pads have been linked to a wide range of players on the market this winter, so maybe they’re really going for it in 2015 under new general manager A.J. Preller. San Diego has pitching. And a desperate need for offense.

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.

There are far worse bounceback candidates.