Where will Brad Penny go?

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Conventional wisdom seems to be coalescing around the idea that no one will claim Brad Penny off of waivers, but that once he clears them on Monday the Giants and Marlins are the best bet.  There was some talk about the Rockies, where his presence would make a lot of sense in light of Aaron Cook being out, but people who know the Rockies are saying it’s not happening, mostly because Jim Tracy used to manage Penny in L.A. and doesn’t much care for him.

Rosenthal’s reasoning on Penny in San Francisco is sound: “He would make sense as a starter for the Giants, who are using left-
hander Joe Martinez as the replacement for the injured Randy Johnson”  Indeed, in light of the fact that Martinez got lit up like a Christmas tree by the Diamondbacks last night, they may be even more urgent than we thought.

Eric Hinske joins Angels as a hitting coach

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The Angels announced on Monday that Eric Hinske has joined the team to serve as the new hitting coach. Hinske had been the hitting coach for the Cubs since 2014.

Hinske, 40, spent parts of 12 years in the majors, though he never played for the Angels (or the Cubs). He put up a .762 OPS over his career.

Dave Hansen had been the Angels hitting coach since the end of the 2015 season but the Angels decided to part ways with him heading into 2018.