D’Backs, Ian Kennedy Avoid Arbitration

The Diamondbacks avoided arbitration with starting pitcher Ian Kennedy, signing him to a one-year, $4.265MM deal according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.  Kennedy is represented by the Boras Corporation.  His salary is very strong for a first-time arbitration eligible starting pitcher, falling just $85K short of the record shared by David Price and Dontrelle Willis, while tying Jered Weaver (and matching Matt Swartz's projection for MLBTR spot-on).  However, the Reds' Mat Latos is expected to pass all of them.

Kennedy, 28, brought a strong first-time resume to the table, with a 3.76 career ERA and 46 wins across 684 regular season innings.  He's under team control through 2015.

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