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