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Cardinals agree to terms with P Brad Penny

Posted on: December 7, 2009 7:57 pm
 

INDIANAPOLIS -- He isn't Matt Holliday -- that situation is still pending -- but the St. Louis Cardinals did bag a starting pitcher Monday, agreeing to terms with free agent Brad Penny on a one-year deal, sources with knowledge of the talks told CBSSports.com.

The deal, pending a physical examination on Tuesday, will pay Penny a base salary of $7.5 million, with $1.5 million in incentives attached.

Penny will join a Cardinals' rotation that was lacking after a strong top three of Chris Carpenter, Adam Wainwright and Kyle Lohse.

The big right-hander spent most of 2009 proving he again was healthy after battling a sore shoulder for most of 2008. In 34 starts for Boston and San Francisco in '09, Penny went 11-9 with a 4.88 ERA in 173 1/3 innings pitched.

The Giants were hoping to re-sign Penny and made a concerted effort but were informed Monday that he had decided to sign elsewhere. The Cardinals are hopeful that the news will become official by Tuesday evening.

Comments

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2009 9:44 pm
 

Cardinals agree to terms with P Brad Penny

another case of not weighing al the options.grant you penny may have a great season.duncan is one of the better pitching coaches,maybe the best.but @7.5 million.come on,you could have signed him for 3,5 or 4.why throw your money away.just another case of owners just throwing their money away and who pays for this,the family of 4 living on 50,ooo income .owners have to qiut spending likes its a lear jet or ocean cruiser.



Since: Mar 4, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2009 1:54 pm
 

Cardinals agree to terms with P Brad Penny

Penny is a bloated tub of crap.  He had 1 good season.  He was picked up off waivers last year and has done nothing since.  If he's worth 7.5 M, Halladay is worth 75M.  What could they be thinking?!?!



Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2009 1:49 pm
 

Cardinals agree to terms with P Brad Penny

I like the fact the cards may have found another quality starter.  But I'm not going to get too excited about Penny until spring training...he was average at best this year.  The Cards have the knack of taking someone else's discards and gotten one or more
years out of them in a quality way.  Lets hope they did it again!!  



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2009 12:28 pm
 

Cardinals agree to terms with P Brad Penny

Good luck working any magic on that fat out of shape has been. He is in it for the money at this point and your team just gave it to him. Now hes going to give it to you!



Since: Jul 2, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2009 11:46 am
 

Cardinals agree to terms with P Brad Penny

Penny is a headcase and as one scout termed, "has to pitch with a chip on his shoulder to be effective." That being said I think this is a GREAT low risk high reward signing for the Cards, there are few people in NL who throw as hard as Brad Penny. He proved at the end of the last year he was healthy getting his fastball up to 98 mph with the Giants. With Dave Duncan as his counsel the Cards oculd run out the NL's best rotation with Carpenter, Wainwright, Penny, Lohse, Smoltz?

I mean Dave Duncan made Kyle Lohse and Joel Pineiro formidable starters, those guys aren't half as talented as Penny, add in a contract year and barring health setbacks (big IF) you could have 15 game winner. If he gets hurt...no big deal it's only a 1 year deal.



Since: May 10, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2009 7:22 am
 

Cardinals agree to terms with P Brad Penny

He will be good the type of guy that wont cost an arm and a leg and will be better in St Louis. I live a foul ball away from Busch and am a season ticket holder. GO Cards!! 



Since: Dec 8, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2009 12:18 am
 

Cardinals agree to terms with P Brad Penny

I like the move.  But we still need a significant bat.  I don't think Jermaine Dye or Mark DeRosa is enough.  We need Holliday.  Just raise the payroll!  I know its easier said than done, but it is time.....



Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2009 10:01 pm
 

Cardinals agree to terms with P Brad Penny

This could turn out to be a huge signing if Penny is healthy and Dave Duncan can work his magic on Brad.  This is the perfect replacement for Joel Pinero.  Joel had a nice season but a healthy rotation of Carpenter, Wainwright, Lohse, Penny and whomever the 5th spot goes to (does this leave Smoltz out in the cold versus resigning?)  Mitchell Boggs, Jaime Garcia, etc... looks very promising.  The Cards still need to decide to take the plunge with Holliday or put a bat in left with Dye or DeRosa. Then let David Freese have a shot at third and the lineup is set.  Now get some middle relief and the Cardinals will be in a good position to repeat as N.L. Central Champs. 


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