RED SOX AND PADRES HAVE DISCUSSED jOHANES CESPEDES FOR IAN KENNEDY SWAP

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.

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