Tigers On Verge Of Deal With Brad Penny

TUESDAY, 7:30am: The Tigers are on the verge of signing Penny to a one-year, $3MM deal, reports Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.  The hard-throwing righty will be able to earn more through incentives in his second American League stint.

MONDAY, 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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4 years 7 months ago

Japan.

4 years 7 months ago

I sent this in!

Hoosierdaddy92
4 years 7 months ago

Unfortunately its probably going to be the Tigers.

SmackSaw
4 years 7 months ago

He be a heckuva closer.

4 years 7 months ago

“The 32-year-old Penny missed the final four-plus months of the 2011 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. ”

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4 years 7 months ago

Signing Penny would not only provide Galarraga some competition, but would provide insurance in the extremely possible event that Phil Coke does not transition well to the rotation.

Get ready for the terminology- “incentive laden”

InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 7 months ago

No harm in signing Penny I suppose. Give galaragga some competition, and add some depth to the rotation as well.

ToledoFan
4 years 7 months ago

I’d be cool with Penny being signed. Give Gally some competition and provide some depth if Coke doesn’t work out as a starter. As long as its low guaranteed money and incentive laden, nothing wrong with it…except that he’s another righty, LOL.

slider32
4 years 7 months ago

How is Coke going to start, he didn’t throw that many innings last year. I guess they see him as another CJ Wilson.

ToledoFan
4 years 7 months ago

I guess they will try stretching him out in Spring training. He should be able to go at least 5 to 6 innings for the first year. Bullpen gonna have to be on high alert on those days though.

Slopeboy
4 years 7 months ago

Coke as a starter- Joba rules come to MO town

4 years 7 months ago

That might be the case if any other team was as dumb as the Yankees. Clyde 2.0 (but obviously different ways).

qbass187
4 years 7 months ago

As a RED SOX fan, I liked Penny for the first 2 months of the season…after that he totally fell apart.
It comes down to him being a NL pitcher. He’ll fail in the AL Central too if that’s where he ends up.
Too bad because I always liked him and had real high hopes for him in Boston.

4 years 7 months ago

Why aren’t the Nationals in on Penny?

slider32
4 years 7 months ago

I would sign Penny, still can pitch and would make a good #5 for the Tigers. I wouldn’t worry about his poor pitching Boston, it means nothing. Look at Vasquez last year he pitched horrible for the Yanks and the year before he almost won the Cy Young for the Braves. Pitching is very unpredictable unless your a Verlander type. I would go with Penny over Coke for two reasons: one already a starter with experience and upside, and two Coke only threw 64 innings last year, plus Coke has done the job in relief.

4 years 7 months ago

You just supported the argument of why he makes more sense for an NL club rather than the Tigers. Vasquez “pitched horrible” in the AL after doing well in the NL. Penny seems to have the same history at this point. If someone can give me Penny’s stats with Boston that somehow show his worst games were always against the Yankees and Rays then I’ll reconsider but I think NL is his best chance for success. Except now he’ll sign in Detroit and be amazing so yeah I don’t think anyone can say for sure. Just a trend.

4 years 7 months ago

Any pitcher would do better in the NL. His season in Boston was the outlier, not necessarily attributable to the league.

popular_mechanics_for_pitchers
4 years 7 months ago

it would be interesting if the Blue Jays took a flyer out on him. He could replace Marcum’s innings if he stays healthy. I would be happier with Penny over Litsch. Maybe AA can pull off a one year incentive based contract?

4 years 7 months ago

White Sox? They need another starter until Peavy. Once he is back, move Penny to the pen, where we know Kenny likes flamethrowers.

rbeezy
4 years 7 months ago

sox are set, he’s going to motown

mloonyu99
4 years 7 months ago

I think it us a good sign for Detroit Gallaraga stinks ( unless he’s facing the indians)

Pawsdeep
4 years 7 months ago

The tigers would be better off letting turner or Oliver fight for the 5th spot

Penny would be a waste of money

$1529282
4 years 7 months ago

Yeah Turner’s got a whopping 115 innings of pro ball under his belt, and got as high as A-Ball last season. Time for him to get the call.

InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 7 months ago

That is a terrible idea. Turner needs at least another year of seasoning, and Oliver showed in his stint last season he needs more time in the minors. Why throw them to the wolves so soon?

Penny will be signed somewhere on a 1 yr, incentive laden deal. 1 yr deals are hardly a waste of money for an instance like this, Penny provides depth, competition for the 5th spot, and if he can recover from his injury, he can be more than serviceable as a 5th starter.

METfan201
4 years 7 months ago

Nationals, Yankees, Orieles are missing out!

Pawsdeep
4 years 7 months ago

I don’t understand why people think gallaragga isnt fit for the 5th man. He won 15 games just a few years ago and his era was no different than Jake peaveys this year. He has a decent number of quality starts and has flashed brilliance in more than just his perfecto. He is as solid of a 5 man as anyone else and it’s not his fault he gets no run support. He’s thrown 2 one hitters for losses in his career for gods sakes…

$1529282
4 years 7 months ago

I really wish you were the Tigers’ GM instead of Dave Dombrowski.

diehardmets
4 years 7 months ago

I wouldn’t mind him as a Met honestly.

Victor Kipp
4 years 7 months ago

I could see the Mets signing him. Only to a 1 yr incentive laden deal. the Mets clearly has the biggest need for a SP of any contending team.

mattmosher
4 years 7 months ago

You’re very kind to consider the Mets contenders.

Gumby65
4 years 7 months ago

When you have been exposed to Oliver Perez, you wouldn’t mind Mark Eaton either. In seriousness though, Penny isn’t the worst option in the world as your #5 for Detroit. I wasn’t a big fan of his ‘tude in LA towards the end, but at the end of ’08 he did kind of get screwed by Torre when he got bombed in a post-rehab mop-up appearance prior to the playoffs… I think he had a week or two to take another stab at it but got sent home. Anyway, water under the bridge on that one.

mattmosher
4 years 7 months ago

Nor would I.

dubthebeachcomber
4 years 7 months ago

Penny is another Mark Prior or Mark Mulder. Good when they pitch, but they average about a good six starts per year. They have spent the majority of their careers on various disabled lists. But, teams keep taking the gamble. Last year the Cards spent 7 million gambling on Penny. This year they raised the bet and went 8 million on Berkman. Some teams just don’t learn that just because a player has the talent, doesn’t mean he makes a good major league player. Some bodies just don’t hold up over the long haul. Penny is an example.

InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 7 months ago

Penny made 30 starts as recently as 09…just sayin’.

4 years 7 months ago

He has 30+ starts in 5 of his 10 season and 29+ in 6. Prior and Mulder combined have 5. Not even close.