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.

Mark Lowe wants to attempt a comeback

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Reliever Mark Lowe wants to make a comeback, Jerry Crasnick reports. The 35-year-old veteran is working out in Portland, Oregon and would take an opportunity to pitch overseas as well as a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Lowe signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers back in January, but was cut in the middle of March and didn’t end up signing with another team. He last pitched in the majors in 2016 with the Tigers. Across parts of 11 seasons, Lowe has a career 4.22 ERA with 352 strikeouts and 163 walks in 385 2/3 innings. Lowe spent 2017 at Triple-A for the Mariners and White Sox, compiling a devilish 6.66 ERA in aggregate across 48 2/3 innings.