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Ian Kennedy Traded to Padres for Thatcher, Stites, Draft Pick

PHOENIX-- Ian Kennedy's erratic career with the Diamondbacks is over. 

The former 21-game-winner was the subject of a 3-player-trade with the San Diego Padres. San Diego shipped relief pitcher Joe Thatcher, minor league pitcher Matt Stites, and a competitive-balance draft pick, which is expected to be 2nd or 3rd round pick.

Kennedy's inconsistencies had become too much for the Dbacks. He is currently 3-7 with a 5.23 ERA. The Dbacks engaged in discussions with the Chicago White Sox in order to trade Kennedy and receive former all-star Jake Peavy. Peavy was later sent to the Boston Red Sox in a three-team-trade.

The addition of Thatcher boosts a Dbacks bullpen that was in dire need of a left-handed reliever. Thatcher holds a 2.10 ERA with 29 saves this season. The team also received Stites, a 23-year-old minor league pitcher who currently is 2-2 with a 2.08 ERA and 14 saves in 46 games. Stites is a very talented prospect who has potential to become a prominent closer for the Dbacks. 

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