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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