Padres get Kennedy in trade with D-backs

The San Diego Padres have acquired starting pitcher Ian Kennedy from the Arizona Diamondbacks for left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher, minor league pitcher Matt Stites and a competitive-balance draft pick.

The Diamondbacks confirmed the trade in a news release Wednesday afternoon, less than two hours before baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline.

Kennedy, 28, has struggled this season, going 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA in 21 starts. But the right-hander was a 21-game winner for Arizona in 2011 and went 15-12 last season.

Kennedy is eligible for salary arbitration this upcoming offseason after making $4.265 million this year. A native of Southern California, Kennedy has a 2.27 ERA in six career starts at San Diego’s Petco Park.

Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers has said the team needed a situational left-hander in the bullpen, and he got one in Thatcher, who is 3-1 with a 2.10 ERA in 50 games this season.

The Diamondbacks also received the 23-year-old Stites, who is 2-2 with a 2.08 ERA and 14 saves in 46 games with Double-A San Antonio.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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