The Red Sox release Brad Penny

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He was asking for it.  No really, he asked for it:

Veteran right-hander Brad Penny requested and received his release
tonight in a move that clears a roster spot for reliever Billy Wagner
and gives Penny time to join a new team before postseason rosters are
set.

“I asked for my release and I got it,” Penny said

Penny won just once in his last eleven starts, and there was no way he was going to be a critical part of this team for the remainder of the season, so this makes all kinds of sense.

Of course now he’ll probably get signed by the Cardinals and finish the year 4-0 with a 1.25 ERA.

Giants sign Austin Jackson to two-year, $6 million contract

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The Giants announced on Monday night the signing of outfielder Austin Jackson. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, it’s a two-year, $6 million deal with performance incentives that allow Jackson to earn up to an additional $2.5 million for a total of $8.5 million.

Jackson, who soon turns 31 years old, spent last season with the Indians. In 318 plate appearances, he hit .318/.387/.482 with seven home runs, 35 RBI, and 46 runs scored.

The Giants have been on the hunt for a center fielder and Jackson addresses that need relatively cheaply. Jackson will join Hunter Pence and newcomer Andrew McCutchen in the outfield.