Former Nationals second baseman Adam Kennedy, who recently signed a minor league deal with the Seattle Mariners, was arrested last night in California for driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs. The news was first reported by TMZ.com, and later confirmed by the Seattle Times, which I’ve linked to here.
Before we get any further, a point Mariners beat writer Larry Stone makes in his post: The word “drugs” is part of the vehicular code, and doesn’t necessarily mean Kennedy was taking drugs. There hasn’t been much information released following Kennedy’s arrest, so more details will have to wait. At this point, all that’s known is he was arrested for DUI.
Kennedy hit .249 in 135 games with the Nationals last season, at times chafing at a reduced role after the Nationals put him in a rotation with Cristian Guzman and Ian Desmond in their middle infield. The Nationals signed him for $1.25 million with the plan that he would be their second baseman, but when Desmond won the starting shortstop job and manager Jim Riggleman gave a large chunk of playing time to Guzman, Kennedy struggled in a reduced role. The Nationals declined to pick up his $2 million option for 2011, and he signed with Seattle on Jan. 10.