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.

Adeiny Hechavarría rejoins Braves on one-year, $1 million deal

Adeiny Hechavarría
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On Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Braves and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría reunited on a one-year, $1 million contract.

Hechavarría, 30, began the season with the Mets but was released in mid-August and joined the Braves shortly thereafter. He enjoyed more success in Atlanta, albeit in a smaller sample size. In aggregate, Hechavarría hit .241/.299/.443 with nine home runs and 33 RBI over 221 trips to the plate. More importantly, he provided versatility with above-average defense.

The Braves are banking on Hechavarría doing more of the same in 2020 as a backup infielder. He will spell Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, and Austin Riley as needed.