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Giants sign Brad Penny to minor league contract

May 18, 2012, 10:38 PM EDT

Brad Penny AP

Brad Penny has found a new home in the U.S. after being cut by his Japanese team, but it isn’t with one of the team’s desperate for pitching; he took a minor league pact from the Giants.

Penny does qualify as rotation depth for a Giants team without much of it behind its five starters, but depending on how he performs, he could also be called up to the majors for the first time as a reliever later this season. 315 of Penny’s 319 major league appearances have been starts.

The plan is for Penny to report to extended spring training initially. He’ll likely be placed on a minor league team early next month.

Penny pitched for the Giants briefly in 2009 after being let go by the Red Sox and was a big success, finishing 4-1 with a 2.59 ERA in six starts. The 33-year-old right-hander was 11-11 with a 5.30 ERA for the Tigers last season.

  1. smcgaels1997 - May 18, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Low level depth for later in the year…crappy for Boston and dud well in low risk signing

  2. pjhurley5 - May 18, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    I think you meant 219 of 315…

    • caladan607 - May 19, 2012 at 11:13 AM

      Actually he meant 215 of 219. Penny has had only 4 relief appearances in his career.

      • Matthew Pouliot - May 19, 2012 at 11:15 AM

        It’s 315 of 319… fixed it now, thanks.

      • pjhurley5 - May 20, 2012 at 12:09 AM

        That’s fair enough…I didn’t actually care enough to look up the stats, but it makes absolutely no sense the other way around

  3. bcopus - May 19, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    1.43 starts per start. He leads the Start-per-start category. A very effective stat for determining how many starts each start is worth.

  4. starvingardens - May 20, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    This is just plain dumb. Why give this guy another chance with the team after he talked crap about our team the moment he left and signed with Boston. He thought he was going to a contender but…. The Giants won the World Series that year. Karma is a bitch. We dont need him. Not even in the minor leagues. Release that guy,

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