Penny – Heads or Tails?
According to some reports, and depending on how much weight you want to put in those – I never put any weight into them until I see our official release sent to me, we could be signing 30 year old pitcher Brad Penny. Penny struggled last season with the Dodgers (to the tune of a 6.27 ERA), but his upside looks something like this: a 3.03 ERA in 2007, a 4.33 ERA in 2006, a 3.90 ERA in 2005, a 3.09 ERA and a 3.15 ERA in 2004 (while spliting the season between the Marlins and Dodgers).
Penny has some postseason experience, and although his performance was a bit shaky, he did earn a World Series Ring in 2003 with the Marlins, during which he had a 2.19 ERA in 12.1 innings pitched.
How would you feel about all of this?
Also, on a far more substantiated and confirmed signing front, we have agreed to a contract with catcher Josh Bard. As you may recall, Bard was with us briefly, before he and Cla (pronounced “Clay”) Meredith were sent to the Padres in the trade that brought Doug Mirabelli back to Boston.
Do you think Bard will have a bounce-back season this year? Do you think he will get his confidence to catch the knuckleball? How well exactly do you think he will do? I want to hear your predictions for Bard’s batting average, home runs, RBI, and passed balls for 2009.
I’m curious as to what all of you think…dare I say, “a penny for your thoughts?” (sorry…that was really bad, I know.)
All the best from the Insider’s Home Office (gotta love the holiday break!),
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