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Brad Penny is drawing interest from the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in Japan

Jan 27, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

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UPDATE: My guess was way off. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that Penny is “weighing an opportunity” with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Japan’s Pacific League.

7:15 PM: Brad Penny was pretty awful with the Tigers last season. In addition to his 5.33 ERA over 31 starts, his strikeout rate of 3.67 K/9 was the lowest in the majors among qualified starting pitchers. Even worse, it was the lowest by a qualified starter since Livan Hernandez averaged 3.35 K/9 in 2008 between the Twins and Rockies.

With ugly numbers like that, it’s not a surprise to learn that the 33-year-old right-hander is having a hard time finding work with an MLB team. However, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick notes that Penny is drawing interest in Japan.

Just spitballing it here, but it would seem the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters have a void in their starting rotation now that Yu Darvish is officially a member of the Texas Rangers. And Brad Penny seems like the type of guy who would proudly fight to defend ham at all costs. Pretty easy match, really.

  1. yankeesgameday - Jan 27, 2012 at 7:25 PM


  2. papacrick - Jan 27, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    This dude is already rich. Why would he wanna move to Japan for a few measly pay checks. Plus he has that hot Russian chick in Hollywood who can support his fat ass

  3. citynative - Jan 27, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    After the 2009 season, Penny left the Giants saying he wanted a chance to win a championship. He signed with Saint Louis…the Giants won the championship. Then in 2011 he signs with Detroit…. the Cards won the championship. See a pattern? … congratulations tigers.

  4. jwbiii - Jan 27, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    In other breaking SoftBank Hawk news, they have announced that “Dad” Dog will be retained as their mascot.

  5. Old Gator - Jan 28, 2012 at 7:16 AM

    Once he finds that incredible line-up of small teppanyaki stands along the riverbank in Fukuoka, he’ll forget about ham per se. My son and I spent a few days there once, hit the yaki bars every night, and had to be wheeled to the shinkansen eki on handcarts. Wow. Ate some of the most amazing meals of our lives there, one nibble at a time.

  6. pisano - Jan 28, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Get in the wind!

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