In my free agent primer, I wrote that Brad Penny and Randy Wolf had to stay in the National League in order to be successful.
Yesterday, one of those pitchers followed my advice.
Yesterday, the St. Louis Cardinals signed RHP Brad Penny to a one-year, $7.5 deal that includes another $1.5 million in incentives. With the Penny signing, the Joel Pineiro era officially comes to an end in St. Louis.
Just like with Pineiro and Jeff Suppan, this is a classic Dave Duncan reclamation project in St. Louis. I actually like this move for the Cardinals.
As we saw last year with the Boston Red Sox, Penny couldn’t pitch in the American League. Penny had his moments in a Red Sox uniform like the six inning, six hits, no runs performance against the New York Yankees in April, but for the most part, Penny was terrible.
Once he went to the San Francisco Giants and to the National League, Penny starting pitching like it was 2007 all over again. With the Giants he posted a 2.59 ERA in 41 innings.
Pitching in Triple-A, I mean the National League will help any pitcher.
Here is what I see happening for Penny in 2010. He won’t strike out many batters , he will pitch to contact, and be very successful with the Cardinals.
I could easily see him going 15-9 with a 3.75 ERA and pitching around 180 innings. Of course, then he sign a three-year, $35 million contract at the end of the 2010 season and go 8-13 with a 4.90 ERA in 2011.
But for this year and $7.5 million this is a good deal for both Penny and the Cardinals.
Penny is 105-84 with a 4.14 ERA in 10 seasons pitching for the Florida Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Red Sox, and Giants.
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