The New York Yankees have been the most active team on the trade market. Over the course of the last month, they have acquired pitchers Brandon McCarthy, Jeff Francis and Chris Capuano as well as third baseman Chase Headley.
This hasn’t stopped Yankees general manager Brian Cashman from looking for even more upgrades. According to a report by ESPN’s Jim Bowden, New York is in discussions with the San Diego Padres for veteran starter Ian Kennedy.
Yankees & Padres discussing deal that would send Ian Kennedy to Yankees in exchange for Eric Jagielo and Ian Clarkin according to a source
— Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) July 25, 2014
Kennedy, one of the top arms still left on the trade market, is 8-9 with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP in 22 starts with the Padres this season. He has one year remaining as an arbitration eligible player and the Padres have had discussions with the starter about a potential extension.
As it relates to what San Diego would acquire for Kennedy, Bowden has indicated that two of New York’s top prospects have been discussed in a potential deal.
Eric Jagielo, a first-round pick out of Notre Dame in the 2013 draft, is currently ranked by Baseball America as the Yankees No. 5 overall prospect. The third baseman has put up 11 homers and 37 RBI’s at Single-A Tampa this season. Meanwhile, Ian Clarkin is the Yankees top pitching prospect. He was also a first-round pick in the 2013 draft and is currently playing low level Single-A ball.
If the Yankees were to land Kennedy, it would help them down the stretch. With Masahiro Tanaka currently on the DL and CC Sabathia likely lost for the season, New York needs another top of the rotation starter as it prepares for what promises to be a stress-filled AL East race in the second half of the season.
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