Brad Penny may be on his way back to the major leagues. The former Dodgers and Marlins hurler had a showcase on Monday and threw the ball so well that he’s expected to sign a deal by the end of the week.
Which team will sign the 36-year-old Penny? An exact candidate hasn’t been named but at least 5-7 teams are interested. Penny was with the Royals in spring training but got cut, and has been spending the last couple months chilling at home with his wife and his new child.
Don’t tell Boomer Esiason that Penny has been at home with his kid. We know Boomer doesn’t approve of that kind of thing.
Penny may be in his late ’30s but he’s still reportedly hitting the mid-90s on his fastball and goodness knows he has plenty of experience. He might not be a bad pick up for some team that needs an extra long-reliever/spot starter. And who knows? Penny might still have enough left in the tank to make a significant contribution to a team as a fifth starter.
Penny last pitched in 2012 as a reliever for the Giants. He broke in with the Marlins in 2000 and has 119 wins and two All-Star appearances in his career. His best season was 2007 when he went 16-4 with the Dodgers.