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PostSubject: Tigers To Sign Brad Penny   Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:43 pm

Brad Penny Close To Signing?
By Mike Axisa [January 10 at 8 CST]

8:22pm: ESPN's Buster Olney hears that the Tigers are the frontrunner for Penny's services (Twitter link). He would step in as their number five starter.

6:55pm: Brad Penny has drawn interest from a few teams this offseason, most notably the Tigers, and it appears he's close to making a decision about where he'll spend the 2011 season. The right-hander said he was "[g]etting close to finding [his] new home" on his Twitter account, and that he "[s]hould know by the end of the day."

The 32-year-old Penny missed the final four-plus months of the 2010 season with a shoulder strain, but he had pitched to a 3.23 ERA with 5.7 K/9, 1.5 BB/9, and a career high 52.8% ground ball rate in 55 2/3 innings with the Cardinals before the injury. If we remove his ugly 2009 stint with the Red Sox (5.61 ERA in 131 2/3 innings), Penny has pitched to a 3.82 ERA in over 900 innings since 2004.

Penny's injury did not require surgery, which is always good news, but the Cardinals still have "little enthusiasm" in re-signing him. Their front three was already stacked with Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter, and Jaime Garcia, but they then added Jake Westbrook to the mix at the trade deadline and have since re-signed him. The Yankees, Mets, Orioles, Indians, Nationals, and Rockies are known to be seeking rotation help, though none have been connected to Penny in recent weeks.


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PostSubject: Re: Tigers To Sign Brad Penny   Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:07 pm

Tigers To Sign Brad Penny
By Ben Nicholson-Smith [January 11 at 8 CST]

The Tigers have agreed to a one-year, $3MM deal with Brad Penny, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney (on Twitter). The deal includes up to $3MM in incentives for the Legacy Sports client.

Penny will compete with Armando Galarraga at the back of a Tigers rotation that's led by Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello and Phil Coke. After starting the 2010 season with nine strong starts, Penny missed four months with a right shoulder strain. The 32-year-old's season line includes a 3.23 ERA with 5.7 K/9, 1.5 BB/9 and a career high 52.8% ground ball rate.

Penny has spent nearly his entire career in the National League and his one stint in the American League went poorly. The Red Sox signed him before the 2009 season and he posted a 5.61 ERA in 131 2/3 innings for Boston. As MLBTR's Transaction Tracker shows, this isn't the first time Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski has acquired Penny. He obtained him for the Marlins from the Diamondbacks in 1999.

Olney and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reported that Penny was nearing a deal with the Tigers after the right-hander hinted at one on his Twitter account.


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PostSubject: Re: Tigers To Sign Brad Penny   Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:10 pm

Last Updated: January 11. 2011 3:07PM
Reports: Tigers sign pitcher Brad Penny to one-year deal
Tom Gage / The Detroit News

Detroit— The Tigers now have six starters for five spots. According to multiple reports, they've signed 11-year veteran Brad Penny to a one-year contract.

In fact, on Tuesday afternoon, Penny wrote via Twitter, "thanks everyone for all the positive messages. Go tigers."

The framework of the contract is that Penny will be given a base salary of $3 million, but could make another $3 million through incentives.

Adding him to the roster creates direct competition for arbitration-eligible Armando Galarraga, but also gives the Tigers insurance for any other spot in the rotation.

There's no guarantee, in other words, that Phil Coke will be as effective starting as he was in relief.

To sign Penny, however, the Tigers had to be confident that he was fully recovered from the shoulder strain that caused him to miss most of last season with St. Louis. He's a 32-year-old right-hander for whom Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski once traded when Dombrowski was with the Florida Marlins.

Penny's best years so far have been with the Los Angeles Dodgers for whom he won 16 games in back-to-back years (2006-07). For his 16-4 record in 2007, he finished third in the National League's Cy Young Award voting.

In addition to the Marlins, Dodgers and Cardinals, he has pitched for the San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox. Before his injury shortened his season last year, Penny was 3-4 with a 3.23 ERA in nine starts for St. Louis.

The Tigers' rotation now consists of Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello, Coke and whichever of the two — Penny or Galarraga — nails down the final spot.

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20110111/SPORTS0104/101110406/Reports--Tigers-sign-pitcher-Brad-Penny-to-one-year-deal#ixzz1AlNkmxGZ


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PostSubject: Re: Tigers To Sign Brad Penny   Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:54 pm

Glad we signed Penny. Gives us more depth at the rotation, and even puts less stress and pressure on Andy Oliver and Jacob Turner, because now they won't be pressured or rushed if we have five reliable starters.
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