Oh, and Kennedy was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on Thursday, TMZ.com reported. This isn't to try to make light of the charge -- a serious one that is all too common in our society -- but it's just what jumped out to me. Kennedy was stopped by the California Highway Patrol (cue the music) around 9 p.m. on the freeway near Newport Beach, arrested, booked and released several hours later.
It's the second arrest of the offseason for the Mariners. Milton Bradley was arrested on a felony charge of making a threat against a woman earlier this month. But this is the team that traded for Josh Lueke, so there's that.
Kennedy hit .249/.327/.327 in 135 games for the Nationals last season.
UPDATE: The Seattle Times ' Larry Stone has confirmed the report and spoken to general manager Jack Zduriencik, who gave a no comment: "I don't have any details,'' he said. "Until I get some information, I'm going to refrain from commenting.''
UPDATE: Kennedy's at least saying the right things right now. Stone talked to him and he was contrite .
"I want to let you know this is not the typical character of me,'' he said. "It's something I'm really ashamed of, and not proud to bring to the Seattle Mariners, especially not having put on the uniform. It's my first legal trouble -- something I'm definitely not looking to ever do again.''
Kennedy said he was at dinner with friends and pulled over for speeding. When he took a breathalyzer test, he came up "a little above the limit." However, he added that it was "not acceptable" to be driving in that condition.
He said he's already talked to Zduriencik and the message was clear from the front office that it was unacceptable. He said his lawyer would take care of the legal side.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans