Monday, January 7, 2013
Former Halo Adam Kennedy Drawing Interest
Former Angels infielder Adam Kennedy has been drawing plenty of interest from major league clubs as a potential super-utility man, according to MLBTradeRumors.com. Kennedy, 36, recently opened a baseball training facility in Anaheim, but said that if the right offer came along, he would accept and leave the operations of the facility to his brother. Kennedy was originally drafted in the first round of the 1997 MLB Draft out of Cal State Northridge by the St. Louis Cardinals. The Riverside, California native made his major league debut in 1999 and went on to appear in 32 games with the Cardinals before being shipped to the then Anaheim Angels that offseason. He quickly got a taste of everyday play and appeared in 156 of the 162 games that year for the Angels posting a .266 average with 9 home-runs and 72 runs batted in. Overall Kennedy posted seven strong seasons (992 games) with the Angels including a World Series ring in 2002, in which he played a major role in getting. Perhaps Kennedy's most memorable moment with the ballclub came in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series when Kennedy joined elite company becoming just one of now seven players to hit three home-runs in a post-season game, the Angels would later go on to win the game and clinch a World Series berth. Since his stint with the Angels, Kennedy has jumped around the league appearing with five different teams over six seasons including a second stint with the Cardinals (2007-2008), the Oakland Athletics (2009), the Washington Nationals (2010), the Seattle Mariners (2011) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (2012). In his most recent major league stint with the Halos cross-town rival, Kennedy posted a .262 average with 2 home-runs and 16 runs batted, however his season ended early due to a strained right groin.
I believe that Kennedy would be a great signing for any ballclub. The guy is a true professional and a winner at that. Last year the Dodgers were able to ink Kennedy to a 1 year 800k deal with some incentives. Due to his age and recent injuries, I'm sure he will get less than what he did from the Dodgers last offseason, possibly somewhere around $700k, which isn't too much more than the veteran's minimum. Overall it would be a very low-risk, if there is such a thing, contract. He may not light up that stat sheet, but coming off the bench and giving your everyday infielders a rest off is a job he can do very well, even at 36 years of age. Also Kennedy could be a terrific mentor to younger shortstops and second baseman like Omar Vizquel did with Yunel Escobar this past offseason. While Kennedy's career may not be comparable to someone like Vizquel (A future Hall of Famer), it is still a solid one and I'm sure he has plenty of trick up his sleeve that can help younger players, and it's tough to put a price on that. In the end I imagine him landing a deal, possibly with a team like the Marlins, Rays, or Braves, who all have some younger middle-infielders that could benefit from Kennedy's experience. I also wouldn't rule out a return to the AL-West possibly going back to the Mariners or Athletics, heck, I wouldn't be surprised if he ended up with the Angels. After all I think Kennedy could be just as good of an option as an Andrew Romine or Luis Rodriguez (Currently the favorites to compete for the back-up job). No matter where he lands I wish Adam the best in 2013, he is a class-act and in my opinion, an Angels legend.