Monday, December 29, 2008

Penny Signs for Pennies (Relatively Speaking)

We learned today that Brad Penny signed a 1-year deal with Boston, worth $5 million with another $3 million in obtainable incentives if Penny stays healthy and productive.

I had 2 initial reactions to this news.

1 - Too bad Milwaukee couldn't have landed Penny on a contract like that. 1 year and a maximum of $8 million for a productive Brad Penny is a nice deal for Boston. They're only out $5 million if he flops.

2 - What does this do to the market for oft-injured but talented starters? I can't imagine that this helps Ben Sheets. It also tells you a lot about the pitching market in general - teams just aren't spending a ton of money right now outside of New York.

7 comments:

Charlie Marlow said...

Yep. I nearly shed a tear when I read about the signing.

Can you say some risk, potential for great reward?

Good one, Dougie. Hopefully you can still sign John Smoltz or Braden Looper. Since they're much better options.

Nubs said...

This has to help the Crew. Yes I would have liked Penny in Milwaukee for that deal but this is a more sensible setting of the bar then CC. Look for some names to start coming off the free agent list now. Hopefully the Crew begins to get in the action. Side note: Note good for Sheets

ClownShipLollypop said...

Obviously, there isn't very much interest in Sheets as an "Ace" otherwise he would already be signed.

I still say he'll be back here for a one year deal. At this point, I'll take it.

Who's our #1 if Gallardo goes down right now? Parra? I just puked a little...

D'Amico's one good year said...

Clown-

As much as I like Manny, and love arguing with you about minutia... yeah, he's not a 1.

And I was really hoping for Penny.

But instead, Mr. Melvin is Ted Thompsoning it and not doing NOTHING (discounting the symbolic run at CC, of course).

Nubs said...

Did anyone see that Randy Johnson is a Giant? Not that I was excited about the Crew signing him but you can cross him off Doug's wish list.

woziszeus said...

I can't wait for the Braden Looper era to begin.

Charlie Marlow said...

Not only is Manny Parra not (even close) a number 1, neither is Yovani Gallardo. Not with a career high 188IP...2 years ago.