KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals announced that they have signed right-handed pitcher Ian Kennedy to a five-year deal.
Kennedy, 31, pitched for the San Diego Padres the last three seasons. He made 30 starts in 2015, going 9-15 with a 4.28 ERA, recording 174 strikeouts in 168.1 innings.
Kennedy is entering his 10th big league season, after posting a 75-68 with a 3.98 ERA and holding the opposition to a .249 average in his first nine years in the Majors. He enjoyed his best season in 2011 with Arizona, leading the N.L. in wins (21), while setting career highs in innings (222.0), ERA (2.88), WHIP (1.09) and opponents’ average (.227).
Kennedy became the only National League hurler to record 30 or more starts in each of the last six seasons in 2015, while he’s one of just nine pitchers to do it in the Major Leagues. His 192 starts since 2010 are the most in the Senior Circuit and tied for ninth-most in the Majors in that span.
The right-handed pitcher finished fourth in National League Cy Young Award voting for the 2011 season. He was originally selected by the New York Yankees in the first-round of the 2006 MLB Draft (21st overall) and made his Major League debut the following season. He has pitched for the Yankees (2007-09), Arizona (2010-13) and San Diego (2013-15) in his career, making two postseason starts with the Diamondbacks in 2011.
Kennedy is a native of Huntington Beach, Calif., and currently resides in Scottsdale, Ariz., with his wife, Allison. The couple has four daughters, Nora Rose, Renee Elaine, Lydia Marie and Evelyn Nicole, who was born during the 2015 season.
Consistent with club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. To make room for Kennedy on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Louis Coleman has been designated for assignment.