The Padres have sent word to some teams that they would need to be overwhelmed to trade Ian Kennedy, sources said. Or at least that's the message being received.

That isn't to say Kennedy won't be dealt, of course. But the indication seems to be that the Padres aren't anxious to trade the veteran right-hander.

San Diego already has made two big trades, including the one to send third baseman Chase Headley to the Yankees.

The Yankees, one of the teams interested in Kennedy, seek to upgrade their rotation after the loss of four of their original five starting pitchers. New York is familiar with Kennedy, who came up with the Yankees after being a first-round draft choice by them. Kennedy is 7-9 with a 3.62 ERA and has impressed folks by significantly raising his strikeout rate.