From The Winter Meetings:
In 2014 Ian Kennedy posted a 3.63 ERA and 207 strikeouts in 201 innings with the Padres. Kennedy is eligible for free agency after the 2015 season . 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 entering a contract year. The Padres — who were 77-85 in 2014 seem to be willing to part with such a good trade chip in Kennedy for a player who might not be around very long. The Padres 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.