Tag:Sean White
Posted on: January 10, 2011 9:33 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2011 8:19 am

Tigers to sign Penny

Penny While the Tigers are done with their major shopping, there's still a few holes to fill in Detroit.

One such hole is the rotation, as only Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer appear assured of winning a rotation spot. The competition to back up Verlander and Scherzer will be battled by Armando Galarraga, Rick Porcello, Andrew Oliver and Phil Coke. That's not a superb list of names, so the Tigers have been on the prowl for someone they can add.

Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Tigers are the frontrunners for Brad Penny's services. The two sides have been linked for quite some time now and the pairing makes sense, as a spot in the rotation is there for the taking. Penny would sign an incentive-laden contract coming off a right-shoulder strain. Before suffering the injury, Penny was enjoying a revitalized season for the Cardinals after scuffling in Boston before a late stint in San Francisco reversed his fortunes.

Earlier in the day. Penny himself tweeted that he was going to know his 2010 team by the end of the day.

Assuming Penny stops being married to his straight fastball down the middle, the signing has potential to work out for Detroit.

In other news, the Rockies have agreed to a minor-league contract with reliever Sean White, as the Denver Post reports. White will come to camp to compete for a bullpen spot after pitching just 34 1/3 innings for the Mariners in 2010, posting a 5.24 ERA. White had a 2.80 ERA in 2009 over 64 1/3 innings, and while his whiff and walk numbers did not change, he gave up four home runs in 2010 after just three in 2009 as well as 11.8 hits per nine. No one can survive being hit that hard.

-- Evan Brunell

UPDATE: Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports Penny has agreed to a one-year deal worth $3 million with Detroit.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 4:19 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:32 pm

Bruce, O'Day among Super Twos

Brad Ziegler, the right-handed sidearmed reliever, is the lucky winner of the Super Two cutoff date this year with two years, 122 days of service time, according to the list sent to agents by the MLB Players Association. Super Two qualify for salary arbitration early.

The cutoff this season is lower than it has been in recent years, perhaps indicating that teams are getting more and more careful about how soon they bring up players in attempts to put off arbitration as long as possible.

Leading the list is Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria, who has already been signed to a long-term deal, a deal that's looking better and better by the day for the Rays.

Here's the list:

Jay Bruce Player 2009 Club Total Service
Evan Longoria Tampa Bay 2.170
Jim Johnson Baltimore 2.165
Felipe Paulino Houston 2.163
Josh Fields Kansas City 2.159
Kyle Kendrick Philadelphia 2.159
Sean White Seattle 2.156
Ian Stewart Colorado 2.154
Dana Eveland* Pittsburgh 2.152
Luke Hochevar Kansas City 2.151
Armando Galarraga Detroit 2.148
Burke Badenhop Florida 2.143
Ross Ohlendorf Pittsburgh 2.139
Chris Perez Cleveland 2.136
Alberto Gonzalez Washington 2.135
Jensen Lewis Cleveland 2.133
Darren O'Day Texas 2.128
Jay Bruce Cincinnati 2.125
Chase Headley San Diego 2.123
Travis Buck Oakland 2.123
Brad Ziegler Oakland 2.122

It appears that this is the best news for Bruce, O'Day and Perez, who will likely get the biggest bumps in salary from 2010 to 2011.

Of all those players, Bruce (pictured) may have had the best season, hitting .281/.353/.493 with 25 home runs. Perez recorded 23 saves and had a 1.71 ERA as the closer for the Indians once Kerry Wood was sent to the Yankees. O'Day was a valuable member of the Rangers' bullpen, appearing in 72 regular-season games and 11 postseason games. During the Regular season, he had a 2.03 ERA.

All three of those players made $440,000 or less last season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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