Brad Penny Given Another Chance From the Royals Organization
The Royals and Brad Penny have agreed on a minor league contract that features a Spring Training invite. The right-handed hurler is represented by Legacy Agency and he will go to Spring Training as a starter.
Source: #Royals agree to deal with RHP Brad Penny.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) January 15, 2014
When Opening Day rolls around Penny will be entering his age thirty-five season after taking a full season off from the baseball world in 2013. Brad has pitched for a plethora of teams in his lengthy MLB tenure, which includes the Florida Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Detroit Tigers, and then the Giants a second time around in that order.
Penny was drafted in the 5th round of the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft and his glory days in a Marlins and Dodgers uniform have long since faded. In his prime he was selected to two All-Star game appearances and in 2007 finished third in CY Young award voting. Since his career successes that have long passed, using the 2007 as the end of his prime threshold, he only has compiled an ERA south of 4.00 once in his last five MLB seasons.
His most recent season in San Francisco he collected a ghastly 6.11 ERA and 5.31 FIP in a meager 28 innings. Penny’s career totals are much more appealing with a 4.26 ERA and 4.10 FIP in thirteen big league seasons.
The veteran was brought in for depth purposes in the rotation and gives the Royals a viable big league option if someone in their staff goes down or struggles. The rotation as it is seems set with James Shields anchoring the staff followed by Guthrie, Vargas, Duffy, and Davis. Though, the only consistent lock in the rotation is Shields, the rest of the starters with the exception of Duffy have fairly lavish expectations and dollars influencing their roles. The young southpaw, Duffy is expected to thrive in the rotation in 2014. Room for Penny to be given a chance is scarce, but never count out injuries to create space, if this happens to be the case the once so flourishing pitcher could find his way back on the hill in the big leagues.
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