A Penny for your thoughts...or rotation

It’s no secret that the Yanks need a starting pitcher for the back end of their rotation (assuming Pettitte retires) and the pickens are slim for (free agent) starting pitchers, so why not take a long shot on Brad Penny? He made $7.5 million last season on a one-year deal with the Cards and didn’t pitch after May 21 due to a shoulder strain, so the Yanks could probably get him for dirt cheap.

In 2010 he threw just 55 2/3 innings and put up a stellar 122 ERA+ with 0.6 HR/9, 1.5 BB/9, 5.7 SO/9, 3.89 SO/BB but also had a 1.293 WHIP and 10.2 H/9. Small sample size be damned he couldn’t be worse than Sergio Mitre every fifth day.

Also, if you remember, the Yanks beat the piss out of him in August of 2009. That was, of course, when he was with the Red Sox so I’ll chalk it up as a good thing.

I’d rather have B-Rad than Freddy Garcia, who threw over 100 more innings last season but had much worse peripherals. He sure as hell won’t be the 2007 Brad Penny but he’s worth the gamble, methinks.


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  • Ace

    Why would the Yankees want a pitcher that’s out of shape and fragile?

    If the Yankees offense could beat him what do you think the redsox offense will do to him?

    As a Yankees fan, nevah be desperate, the ownership has money to spend, and not just throw away.

    • Andrew Corselli

      It really couldn’t hurt to sign him to an incentive-laden deal. He’s going to be in no position to demand a lot of money after his 2010. Maybe they’ll catch lightning in a bottle and he’ll be dirty. As Sterling would say, you just can’t predict baseball.

  • mammerman

    I could see the Yanks taking a gamble on him but it’s just not worth it. Only throwing 55 plus innings is horrible. I still think the Yanks should take the bite on Ben Sheets. Yes, he’s still had an injury laden past but he’ll flourish in the middle of the rotation until he’s comfortable to step up. As for the remaining field, I’ve never been a Freddy Garcia fan so he’s. The Yankees next best option to fill the lefty void is Jeff Francis. Outside of that I’d seriously consider Chris Young. The man throws ched and is a monster constantly being hindered by a bad run support system and the Jake Peavy shadow.

    Word to the Yanks….don’t bank on Pettitte although I love to have him back, and focus on Sheets, Francis, and Young until the young ones are ready.