Source: Right-hander Kennedy will reject Padres’ qualifying offer
Free-agent right-hander Ian Kennedy will reject the San Diego Padres’ qualifying offer for the 2016 season, FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal first reported Friday.
Source: Kennedy REJECTING qualifying offer. Will remain free agent.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 13, 2015
Kennedy, 30, went 9-15 with a 4.28 ERA in 30 starts this past season. He struck out 174 batters in 168 1/3 innings.
Had he accepted the offer, Kennedy would have remained with the Padres with a $15.8 million salary for 2016.
Earlier, Rosenthal detailed why Kennedy might accept the offer – possibly in hopes of signing a long-term deal and then being traded by the Padres.