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Diamondbacks deal Ian Kennedy to Padres for Joe Thatcher, Double-A reliever and draft pick

Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy was traded to the Padres in a deadline deal Wednesday afternoon. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy will move to the San Diego Padres as part of a deadline deal Wednesday afternoon. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Arizona Diamondbacks have dealt pitcher Ian Kennedy to the San Diego Padres for reliever Joe Thatcher, Class AA reliever Matt Stites and a compensatory-round draft pick, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports. The trade came with less than hour before MLB's 4 p.m non-waiver trade deadline.

The 28-year-old Kennedy, who was traded to Arizona in December 2009, won a National League-best 21 games for the Diamondbacks in 2011. Despite winning 15 games last season,  his ERA rose from 2.88 to 4.02. He is currently 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA in 2013. In June, Kennedy received a 10-game suspension for his involvement in a brawl between the Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers after he hit rookie Yasiel Puig in the head and later struck pitcher Zack Greinke.

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Kennedy made his major league debut in September 2007 as a member of the New York Yankees when he replaced Mike Mussina. He went on to win a World Series with the Yankees in 2009.

He is making $4.27 million this season and won't become a free agent until 2015.

Thatcher has spend the entirety of his seven-year major league career with the Padres. The 31-year-old southpaw has a 2.10 ERA in 30 innings of work this year.

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