Report: Angels targeting Ian Kennedy and Huston Street in trade
In an effort to bolster their postseason chances, the Angels are looking to acquire Ian Kennedy and Huston Street from the Padres.
Rosenthal notes it may be difficult for the Halos to swing a trade for the two righties because they are both under team control through 2015, Kennedy as an arbitration-eligible player and Street via a club option. Los Angeles also came into the season with one of the lowest-ranked farm systems in baseball.
Kennedy, 29, is 7-9 with a 3.49 ERA in 20 starts and 124 1/3 innings this year. If you're a fan of sabermetrics, his 2.94 FIP is on par with guys like Zack Greinke (2.92) and Max Scherzer (2.96). Kennedy is a horse, making at least 31 starts and throwing at least 181 1/3 innings every year since 2010.
The 30-year-old Street has been outstanding for San Diego this year, going 24 for 25 in save chances with a 1.09 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP in 33 innings. He owns a stellar 2.03 ERA and 0.86 WHIP in three seasons with the Padres. Street's club option is worth an affordable $7 million.
The Angels have a surprisingly strong rotation led by Jered Weaver and Garrett Richards, but C.J. Wilson was just placed on the disabled list and the fifth spot has been something of a revolving door. Their closer's spot and bullpen in general has been a problem all year.
Los Angeles went into the All-Star break having won five straight and nine of 10 games. At 57-37, the Angels are only 1½ games back of the Athletics in the AL West with a nine-game lead on a wild-card spot.
The Padres, meanwhile, have the sixth-worst record in baseball at 41-54. They recently fired GM Josh Byrnes and are currently looking for his replacement. Kennedy and Street are two of their best trade chips.
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