Royals Release Brad Penny

12:47pm: The Royals informed Penny that there wasn't a good chance of him making the roster, and the two sides agreed to part ways so that Penny could seek out a better opportunity, according to MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo (Twitter links).

Kansas City did add Bruce Chen roughly two weeks after agreeing to a minor league deal with Penny, which likely diminished his chances at making the club.

12:07pm: The Royals have released veteran right-hander Brad Penny, who was in camp on a minor league deal, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star (on Twitter).

Penny was signed back in January and stood to earn a $1MM base salary with another $1.5MM available via incentives if he made the team. However, the right-hander was hit hard in a pair of Spring Training appearances, yielding seven runs on 13 hits (two homers) and a walk with just one strikeout in four innings of work.

The former National League All-Star hasn't appeared in the Majors since a 28-inning stint with the Giants in 2012, and he's posted just a 5.41 ERA over his past 209 2/3 big league innings. He has a 4.26 ERA with 6.0 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9 in 1899 career innings at the Major League level between the Marlins, Dodgers, Giants, Tigers, Red Sox and Cardinals.

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6 Comments on "Royals Release Brad Penny"

1 year 5 months ago

Wasn’t really ever worth the flier. They’ve got to have some younger guys who can eat up innings.

1 year 5 months ago

The Royals don’t need more innings eaters. Guthrie and Vargas should do that just fine. The fact that 40% of their rotation is compromised of mediocrity is concerning for a team that people think can make the playoffs.

1 year 5 months ago

welcome to the bottom of the gouge in the very bottom of the barrel Brad. Way to go out as a all-star that you were.

1 year 5 months ago

I guess his last name really does represent his value.

1 year 5 months ago

He reportedly injured himself punching a wall

1 year 5 months ago

I saw that too. The Royals don’t need an old, bad pitcher with anger issues.