Sunday, December 28, 2008
MLB NEWS: SOX PAY PENNY BIG DOLLARS
With each passing day, it appears the Mets are getting better positioned to make a run on their terms at free agent pitchers Derek Lowe, Oliver Perez and Randy Wolf.
The latest development is the big-market Red Sox imminent signing of free agent right-handed starter Brad Penny, as was first reported by Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal and later by the Boston Herald and Boston Globe.
The deal, pending Penny's passing a physical, would be a one-year contract worth $5 million, with another $3 million more if he pitches at least 160 innings. Last year, just one season removed from starting the All Star Game for the National League, Penny battled a shoulder ailment and went just 6-9 with a 6.27 ERA.
With Boston spending on Penny and thus, filling a spot in their starting rotation, the Yankees' recent signings of A.J. Burnett and C.C. Sabathia and the Cubs' brass being on record that the team has spent whatever money was earmarked for signing free agents, it pretty much leaves just the Mets and Angels as big-market potential suitors for Lowe, whose agent is Scott Boras, who also represents Mets' center fielder Carlos Beltran and recent Mets' pitcher Oliver Perez.
On a trivial note about Penny, who is 29: He was the losing pitcher in the Mets' 2006 National League Division Series Game 1 win at She Stadium over the Dodgers.
Posted by Gil Griffin at 5:38 PM