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
“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.