Penny says he would play in the AL East again

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The conventional wisdom is that Brad Penny no longer wants any part of the American League. This CW is backed by a rumor that he nixed a trade to the Twins for the sole reason that they’re an AL team.  Penny — prompted, I’d guess, by his agent — denied that yesterday:

“I’d go back,” said Penny, who will start for the Giants Wednesday night against the Phillies.
“I think if I make my pitches against anyone, I’ll do fine. . . .
Sometimes you don’t get breaks. I was making some bad pitches, and
leaving some balls up. In the AL East, you can’t really do that.”

Would he really go back? Maybe yes, maybe no, but there’s definitely no way a guy like him wants to go into the free agent market without at least a credible basis for claiming to suitors that the Yankees are prepared to give him a gajillion dollars.

But just so you know, the Marlins will not be one of those suitors. Penny: “Honestly, I wasn’t going to Florida. I want to play in front of some fans.”

Ouch.

Report: J.D. Martinez signing delayed by medical issue

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The Red Sox reportedly inked free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million contract last Monday, but there appears to be a slight hitch in the process. According to a report from Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the team is sorting through a medical issue that has delayed the signing. The specific nature of the issue has yet to be revealed, though Drellich adds that both the team and agent Scott Boras have involved additional medical experts in the process.

For what it’s worth, Martinez remained fairly healthy during his 2017 run with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. The 30-year-old outfielder spent six weeks on the disabled list after suffering a right foot sprain during camp, but managed to make a full recovery by mid-May and didn’t relapse once throughout the rest of the year. Of course, the medical issue holding up his new contract could be of an entirely different nature.

While spring training is already underway for the rest of the Red Sox, club manager Alex Cora doesn’t appear too concerned by Martinez’s absence — yet. “The thing I can do is my thing,” he told MLB.com’s Ian Browne. “My job here is to show up every day and get ’em ready.”