Tigers "Close" to Brad Penny Deal

FoxSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi is reporting today that according to sources, the Detroit Tigers are on the verge of inking free agent right hander Brad Penny to a contract.

Morosi lists the financials as one year and $3 million with more possible through incentives. This contract would be a larger investment than I expected the Tigers to make. I had assumed they had been trying to lure Penny with a minor league contract. By giving him a major league deal, Penny instantly becomes the favorite to secure the final rotation spot for the Tigers.

The Tigers have an elite one-two punch with Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer at the top of the rotation. Right hander Rick Porcello is set to be the third starter and southpaw Phil Coke is converting from his relief role to that of a starting pitcher this season. Armando Galarraga, arguably the club’s third-best starter last year, appears to be the odd man out should Penny join the club.

Penny made just nine starts last year before being shut down with a back injury. He was 3-4 with a 3.23 ERA for the Cardinals in 2010. The two-time all-star worked 55.2 innings for St. Louis and posted a 1.293 WHIP and 3.89 K/BB ratio, the best mark of his 11 year career.

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  • http://sidelionreport.com/ Zac Snyder

    I hadn’t read anything to make me think Penny would land somewhere on a minor league deal. His deal with the Tigers is about par for the course when you look at other reclamation projects like Chris Capuano. Penny will make a little more scratch than Capuano up front but the total compensation still comes in $1.5 million under his one year deal with the Cards last season. From what I understand, they weren’t keen on resigning him based on the expectation that he would not be happy in the bullpen/emergency starter role they could have offered him.