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chicago cubs logoWell here’s a fun, different wrinkle for this year’s Trade Deadline activities …

The Arizona Diamondbacks are in the market for a starting pitcher – they’ve been mentioned as frontrunners for Jake Peavy – but they’re also in the market to trade a starting pitcher. The team has had a glut of decent pitchers for a while now, and is reportedly shopping Ian Kennedy around the league, in part to open up some payroll space to take on someone like Peavy.

Kennedy, 28, is having a down year (5.22 ERA, 2.24 K/BB (each way down for him versus recent years)), and is poised to get a bump from his $4.265 million salary in arbitration next year, his second of three arbitration years. He looks like something of a “buy low” opportunity for a team that can afford to take him on, both financially, and if he struggles the rest of this year.

Hmm, what team might be in a position to do that?

Well, Buster Olney says it could be the Cubs (mentioned together with the Angels and Padres), and it doesn’t sound like Olney is just connecting dots. If the price was right – read: minimal prospect return – there’d be no reason for the Cubs not to explore Kennedy. The Cubs are still in accumulation mode, especially when it comes to big league level or big league ready pitching. Kennedy could present an interesting option for the Cubs in 2014, depending on what they do with the rest of the rotation.

Before you go nuts, could Kennedy be part of a larger deal involving Jeff Samardzija (in whom the Diamondbacks are believed to have interest)? In essence, the Diamondbacks give up prospects to “trade up” to Samardzija, since he offers similar team control? Sure, it’s possible in the sense that anything is possible, and there’s some internal logic there. But a Samardzija deal remains so unlikely that I’m just not going to go there.

For now, let’s just assume this is much simpler: there’s a team that appears very motivated to unload Kennedy, and he appears to be something of an interesting buy low candidate that the Cubs could actually use. He’s just a year removed from back-to-back solid seasons (one of which – 2011 – was fantastic).

Of course, the Diamondbacks will likely sell him as the guy he was in 2011, so these things tend not to be as simple as they appear. Further, if you’re the Cubs, unless the Diamondbacks absolutely have to move Kennedy before they can do whatever else they want to do at the Deadline (and will sell him super cheaply for that reason), there’s really no rush to make this move now, as opposed to after the season.

If the Diamondbacks are looking to deal Kennedy for something that helps themĀ thisĀ year, however, the Cubs are a tough fit (unless it’s to get a prospect or two that are spun off). The Diamondbacks could definitely use help in the pen, but Kevin Gregg isn’t the guy. Maybe James Russell is a possibility, but I’m not so sure he doesn’t have more value, when considering contracts, than Kennedy. I’d have to think on that for a bit.

  • ChicagoMike702

    Hopefully the FO is keeping their eye on the Bud Norris market as well. It’s refreshing to know they are open to “buying” as well.

    • nkniacc13

      Im not that keen on what maybe a bidding war in the Norris market. If you could get Kennedy at a buy low price then makes sense but you have to figure with teams in and out of Norris that the price is pretty high there

      • ChicagoMike702

        Not if the price as high, but you know how these rumors go… I’m more just speaking hypothetically.

        • ChicagoMike702

          Is* high

          • Cubbie Blues

            Who is?

          • Stevie B

            AFTER READING THIS…I THINK I’M HIGH….

  • Assman22

    Dbacks, Tigers, Royals, and Cardinals have all inquired about Barney recently…not many suitors for Schierholtz as serious as Pirates…

    • nkniacc13

      Could there be more moves than just Gregg and SChierholtz

      • Assman22

        Rangers have asked about DeJesus and bullpen help…

        • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

          Good stuff Assman22. Rangers trying to flip Nathan for a bat still?

    • X the Cubs Fan

      Royals CBA pick involved in offer?

      • nkniacc

        Would be interesting if cubs got royals and pirates CBA picks in trades

      • Rebuilding

        I could see DeJesus or Scierholtz for Hochevar and their comp pick. If you also got Kennedy you would have 4 guys who started Opening Day for their teams last year

    • Jp3

      Not the cards…. Unless they throw us Carlos Martinez…. Yeah we hate them

    • MichiganGoat

      Nice to hear but I have to ask… are you the real Assman?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      Pattern is right.

      This might be the real thing and not another bad fake. At the very least it is a good fake…

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        As usual, I can’t vouch for the substance, but that is the real Assman.

        • Carew

          Shame we have to ask for verification now :/

        • Hansman1982

          Assman needs an avatar.

          • Vulcan

            Perhaps a picture of Kramer.

            • Cubbie Blues

              I always think of Howard Sterns version.

  • Scott

    Why would we want Bud Norris? I’m not opposed to buying the right player…Bud Norris?

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