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Brad Penny, back in baseball?

I don’t think that anyone really expected Brad Penny to come back to baseball especially in light of the events of the last year or two.

Penny was signed by the Kansas City Royals last winter but was cut from the team at spring training.

Later in the season he signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins. He eventually made eight pretty disasterous appearances (four of them starts) for the Marlins’ big league club, posting an ERA of 6.58 over 26 innings pitched.

Penny’s appearances with the Marlins were his first and last since he pitched for the San Francisco Giants in 2012.

Brad Penny. Getty Images.
Brad Penny. Getty Images.

Penny has 14 years of Major League experience playing with the Florida and Miami Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Detroit TIgers, St. Louis Cardinals and he spent two stints with the Giants.

Penny, who is now 36, had his best years with the Dodgers. He was a two-time All-Star with Los Angeles in 2006 and 2007. In 2007 he finished third in the Cy Young award voting. That year he had a career-low ERA of 3.03.

After appearing in just 22 games as a relief pitcher for the Giants in 2012 and posting a 6.11 ERA, he did not pitch in 2013.

Now Penny has a signed a minor league deal with the White Sox that includes an invitation to major league spring training.

The White Sox, who now have four top of the line pitchers in their rotation with Chris Sale, Jeff SamardzijaJose Quintana and John Danks, still are in need of a fifth starter.

Penny will have a shot to be the number five starter but he will be going up for it against some much younger players in Hector Noesi and prospect Francellis Montas.

It will be an uphill battle for Penny who many believed to be out of baseball for good. However, there have been players to make miraculous comebacks before and while I don’t see that in the cards for Penny, whose lifetime ERA is 4.29, you never know what can happen.

As I always says, it’s baseball and anything can and will happen. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

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