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Ian Kennedy expected to reject Padres’ qualifying offer


Pitcher Ian Kennedy is expected to turn down the Padres’ $15.8 million qualifying offer, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune suggests. The Padres also made a qualifying offer to outfielder Justin Upton, but there is much more certainty that he will turn it down to seek a multi-year deal in free agency.

A player has yet to accept a qualifying offer since the system was implemented. The 30-year-old Kennedy, coming off of a rough season in which he finished with a 4.28 ERA across 30 starts, might accept. However, since he is still relatively young and has a couple of solid seasons under his belt, Kennedy may be able to land a multi-year deal on the open market. He has made 30-plus starts in each of his last six seasons despite inconsistent results.

Kennedy earned $9.85 million for the 2015 season, avoiding arbitration in his final year of eligibility, so $15.8 million would represent a hefty raise for the right-hander.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”