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Ian Kennedy rejects qualifying offer from the Padres

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There was some doubt as to whether Ian Kennedy would reject the Padres qualifying offer as they had hoped he would.   But in doing so they get a draft pick and don't have to pay Kennedy $15.8 million.  If he were to accept the offer, Ken Rosenthal tells us about the tight spot the Padres' A.J. Preller would be in:

Ian Kennedy could accept QO -- and still leave Pads | FOX Sports

A $15.8 million salary for Kennedy likely would put the Padres in a bind with their payroll -- a bind so acute, it could force the team to sign him to a multi-year contract at a lower average annual value and trade him.

But thankfully Kennedy remains a free agent and the team can move on and find a solution to their pitching troubles elsewhere.