For the second season in a row, Kirk Gibson has named right handed starter Ian Kennedy as the Diamondbacks opening day starter.
While it was a surprise last year that Gibson handed Kennedy the ball to start the season, this year it comes as no shock to
anyone. Kennedy rewarded Gibson’s faith in him last season by rolling to a 21-4 record with a 2.88 ERA. After a mediocre first season in Arizona, it appeared that the Diamondbacks got the short end of the 2009 three way deal that also included the Tigers and Yankees. However, Kennedy rebounded with one of the greatest season by a starter in the Diamondbacks 14 year history.
In other Kennedy news, he is also apparently willing to begin discussions for a long-term deal with the Diamondbacks. The extremely affordable Kennedy made just $423,000 in 2011 and is arbitration eligible after this season. If he is able to produce a similar season this year, he stands to get a hefty payday in arbitration after this season.
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