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Royals sign Brad Penny to a minor league deal

Jan 15, 2014, 7:55 PM EDT

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Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish is reporting that the Royals have signed free agent starter Brad Penny to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Penny will be one of eight pitchers invited to big league camp with the Royals.

After a disappointing 2012 season, in which he posted a 6.11 ERA pitching out of the bullpen with the Giants, Penny took a year off from baseball. According to Cotillo, the 35-year-old right-hander impressed scouts enough to merit a minor league deal. He’ll be working as a starter, but could once again pitch in as a reliever if the Royals deem it necessary.

  1. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 15, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Penny could have taken Josh “2 win” Johnson’s place in the bluejay rotation, they blew it by not signing this guy!

  2. dinofrank60 - Jan 15, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Good for Penny; I hope he does well in KC.

  3. sawxalicious - Jan 16, 2014 at 1:14 AM

    I remember when he used to be good…I must admit, a good low-risk, potentially high-reward signing…

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