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Red Sox step over dollars to pick up a Penny

Postby ayebatter » Mon Dec 29, 2008 8:11 pm

8:41pm: Rob Bradford of WEEI.com spoke with Brad Penny, who confirmed his deal with the Boston Red Sox.

From Bradford:

“There were a lot of teams involved,” said Penny in a phone conversation. “But I wanted to go somewhere where I knew we had a great chance at winning, and Boston is that place.”

Bradford adds that Penny will be in Boston on Jan. 7 to take his physical and will begin his throwing program next week.

Bradford also updates the status of Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett, who has started exercises on his throwing shoulder, which is earlier than in years past. Bradford's post states that the injury that plagued Beckett at the end of the 2008 season has subsided. The injury centered around the intercostal muscles near the ribs and not the oblique as previously thought.
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Re: Red Sox step over dollars to pick up a Penny

Postby MashinSpuds » Mon Dec 29, 2008 8:27 pm

;-D Good deal.
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Re: Red Sox step over dollars to pick up a Penny

Postby nsulham » Mon Dec 29, 2008 8:39 pm

This is pretty much the Bartolo Colon signing Take Two. Although you would think Penny would have more left than Colon did. If his shoulder's right he can still throw heat. Never hurts to take a flyer on a guy like this.
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Re: Red Sox step over dollars to pick up a Penny

Postby ayebatter » Mon Dec 29, 2008 9:00 pm

nsulham wrote:This is pretty much the Bartolo Colon signing Take Two.


Hey Deja Vu, I think I read this somewhere before. ;-)
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Re: Red Sox step over dollars to pick up a Penny

Postby The_Show » Mon Dec 29, 2008 9:04 pm

Even if he's healthy, I don't see him doing much. Going from spacious Dodger Stadium in the NL West to Fenway Park in the AL East on a questionable shoulder...not sure about that one.
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Re: Red Sox step over dollars to pick up a Penny

Postby DaShiz23 » Mon Dec 29, 2008 9:08 pm

For a team like Boston, this deal makes sense. Could be a major add, but if not, doesn't hurt much.
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Re: Red Sox step over dollars to pick up a Penny

Postby bigken117 » Mon Dec 29, 2008 10:24 pm

I would rather have seen Boston put a two year gamble on Sheets. :-/ One year deals never fail in the long run though, so I'm not too broken up or excited about this either way. Penny can be a good pitcher when he's on, which is more than Colon had going for him.
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Re: Red Sox step over dollars to pick up a Penny

Postby MashinSpuds » Mon Dec 29, 2008 11:21 pm

bigken117 wrote:I would rather have seen Boston put a two year gamble on Sheets. :-/ One year deals never fail in the long run though, so I'm not too broken up or excited about this either way. Penny can be a good pitcher when he's on, which is more than Colon had going for him.

Well... technically they ~could~ still be in on Sheets, though if Penny is healthy there wouldn't be a lot of room for him. Beckett/Lester/Matsuzaka/Sheets/Penny looks awesome, though.
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Re: Red Sox step over dollars to pick up a Penny

Postby jlm53089 » Tue Dec 30, 2008 4:59 am

bigken117 wrote:I would rather have seen Boston put a two year gamble on Sheets. :-/ One year deals never fail in the long run though, so I'm not too broken up or excited about this either way. Penny can be a good pitcher when he's on, which is more than Colon had going for him.


Yea a CY Young Award is just worthless these days...
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Re: Red Sox step over dollars to pick up a Penny

Postby Neato Torpedo » Tue Dec 30, 2008 5:14 am

jlm53089 wrote:
bigken117 wrote:I would rather have seen Boston put a two year gamble on Sheets. :-/ One year deals never fail in the long run though, so I'm not too broken up or excited about this either way. Penny can be a good pitcher when he's on, which is more than Colon had going for him.


Yea a CY Young Award is just worthless these days...

Johan '05: 2.87 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 238 K
Buehrle '05: 3.12 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 146 K
Colon '05: 3.48 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 157 K

Please never bring up Colon's Cy Young award to support an argument in favor of him. :-/ Two players easily put up better numbers than he did, and I'd even make an argument to rank Rivera and his 1.38/0.87/80/43 (2 BSV) line above Colon.

Plus that award was 3 years old by the time Colon signed with Boston, and he himself was 35.
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