The Dodgers Clayton Kershaw was a runaway winner in the National League Cy Young race this afternoon, but he didn’t get all of the first-place votes. Four writers voted for Roy Halladay, and one voted for former Yankees starter Ian Kennedy.
Kennedy finished fourth overall, and that’s where most of the voters picked him.
It’s been two years since the Yankees shipped Kennedy to Arizona in the Curtis Granderson deal. At the time, he was coming back from an aneurysm and had never found steady success at the big league level, despite dominant numbers in Triple-A. This season he went 21-4 with a 2.88 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.
Having Kennedy on the roster would certainly lessen the need for another No. 2 or 3-type starter, but not making that deal would also leave a significant hole in the Yankees outfield. Kennedy became a Cy Young candidate this year, but Granderson emerged as an MVP contender. Hard to consider that a bad swap for the Yankees.