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Brad Penny is still looking for work

Jan 4, 2014, 9:50 PM EDT

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We last saw Brad Penny pitch with the Giants in a relief role at the end of the 2012 season. He was bothered for a few weeks in August into September by a shoulder impingement, which prompted him to take the 2013 season off. However, he has been throwing and according to Troy Renck, he has been throwing well. Renck suggests the right-hander might make for a good risk-free signing.

Penny, however, is 35 years old, coming off of a year-long break, and hasn’t shown even a competent ability to miss bats since 2011. In 181.2 innings in 2011, Penny struck out just nine percent of batters faced, which was the worst rate among all qualified starters — markedly worse than Carl Pavano‘s 10.7 percent strikeout rate in second-place. In 28 innings in 2012, he struck out 7.5 percent of batters. He lost about 2 MPH on all of his pitches since 2010 as well, which likely explains the inability to miss bats.

  1. shawnuel - Jan 4, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Man…he keeps re-appearing like a Brad Penny!

    • dcarroll73 - Jan 5, 2014 at 1:30 AM

      Well played, sir!

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 4, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    bluejays can afford this guy, seems like a perfect fit

  3. schuch10 - Jan 4, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    I love Steamer’s projection for him: 1 IP.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=535&position=P

  4. dirtyharry1971smissingbrain - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Still lost: dirtyharry’s brain.
    If found: bury it like dog crap.

  5. nsstlfan - Jan 5, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    Didn’t the Cards sign him a few years ago but he went down shortly at the beginning of the year

    • tuberippin - Jan 5, 2014 at 8:06 PM

      Threw out his back hitting a grand slam and missed the remainder of the year, yes.

  6. cackalackyank - Jan 5, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Maybe he can go to Japan and get it together. Come back get a couple one year deals.

  7. dinofrank60 - Jan 5, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Instead of missing bats, concentrate on getting outs. You can make a guy miss twice, but if he gets a hit on his third swing, what’s the use?

  8. tuberippin - Jan 5, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Brad Penny is one of those guys who has always been a half-season pitcher. Recall his 2006 season with the Dodgers where he won 16 games and was elected to (and iirc, started, though that may have been 2007) the All-Star Game. In the first half of the 2006 season, he was 10-2 with a 2.91 ERA. Then he bombed out in the ASG, and in the second half of the 2006 season went 6-7 with a 6.25 ERA.

    He’s the definition of an average pitcher, with an ERA+ of exactly 100. He’s been injury-prone of late, and like a couple of his old Marlins rotation cohorts, he’s pretty overweight at this point too (looking at you, Beckett and Dempster). He’s won a ring and he’s made $50mil in his career, so he’s done all he needs to do.

    On the other hand, f**k it, if Mark Mulder can get a minor-league deal from the Angels…

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