Padres “leaning toward” making qualifying offer to Ian Kennedy

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From beat writer Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune

The Padres are leaning toward giving free agent Ian Kennedy a qualifying offer, a club source said. The team’s official decision on the right-hander is expected to be made very close to Friday’s 2 p.m. (PST) deadline.

No player has accepted a qualifying offer since the system was introduced in November 2012, but Kennedy could be the first if the Friars do indeed extend one.

He posted an underwhelming 4.28 ERA in 168 1/3 innings this past season for the Padres while earning $9.85 million in his final year of salary arbitration. If Kennedy wants to try to re-establish his market value on a high-priced one-year deal, there probably isn’t a better place to do that than pitcher-friendly San Diego.

Kennedy is represented by super agent Scott Boras and he had a very good 2014, so maybe the 30-year-old right-hander will try to maximize his earning potential both in contract length and total dollars on the open market. That would put the Padres in line for draft-pick compensation if a qualifying offer is made and then rejected.

FanGraphs’ community projections have Kennedy getting something like three years, $36 million. David Price, Zack Greinke, Johnny Cueto, Jordan Zimmermann, Mike Leake, Marco Estrada, Hisashi Iwakuma, Scott Kazmir, Wei-Yin Chen, and Yovani Gallardo are some of the other members of this stacked free agent starting pitcher class.

Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle activated by Yankees ahead of Dodgers series

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LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.

Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.

Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.

Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.

Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.

New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.

Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.