In order to make way for Billy Wagner, the Boston Red Sox released Brad Penny. Yes, I know – I was the guy who was rooting for the Marlins to real in Smoltz, too. Didn’t happen. But with the Marlins itching to find consistency in their rotation, and really on the brink of contention for the post season, Penny may be a good gamble. The Marlins are players – just the piece has to fit. Smoltz would have worked, but he decided to take a better deal by going to the Cardinals who have basically locked up a spot in the post season at this point.
In Penny, the Marlins would be reunited with one of the main forces behind their 2003 championship run. Brad Penny had been inconsistent all that season, but shined in the playoffs, adding a nice bookend to Josh Beckett’s dazzling performances.
It isn’t like the Marlins would have to commit to Penny beyond this season, either. He signed a one year $5M deal with the Red Sox this season. Rob Neyer doesn’t seem to think Penny is washed up – nor should the Marlins and the indications are several other teams are very interested. What Penny would do for the Marlins is solidify that rotation and give the Fish an old face that might help them turn it up a notch. A return to the NL would be welcomed by Penny, as would pitching in the expanse of Land Shark Stadium. We’ll have to wait and see. Penny got his wish – he got his release. The question is, will the Fish catch.