FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal has the scoop …
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 7, 2014
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.