Marlins sign Brad Penny

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Back in spring training the Royals released Brad Penny after the 35-year-old right-hander punched a wall following an ineffective outing, but now he’ll give his comeback another try with the Marlins.

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that Penny and the Marlins have agreed to a minor-league contract that would be worth $800,000 if he reaches the majors. Penny began his career with the Marlins, pitching for them from 2000-2004, but he hasn’t pitched at all in the majors since a brief stint with the Giants in 2012.

In fact, dating all the way back to 2010 he has a combined 5.41 ERA in 210 innings and Penny struggled a lot this spring, so the comeback seems like a long shot. Hopefully this time he can stop punching stuff, at least.

Phillies sign Francisco Liriano and Neil Walker to minor league deals

Francisco Liriano
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Robert Murray and MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported earlier, respectively, that the Phillies signed pitcher Francisco Liriano and infielder Neil Walker to minor league contracts. If he makes the major league roster, Liriano will earn a salary of $1.5 million with an additional $1.25 million available through performance incentives. Walker’s contract information is not yet known.

Liriano, 36, struggled from 2016-18 but enjoyed a productive year out of the bullpen for the Pirates this past season. He posted a 3.47 ERA with 63 strikeouts and 35 walks over 70 innings. The lefty was quite effective against same-handed batters, limiting fellow lefties to a .659 OPS. That would figure to be a key component if Liriano makes the Phillies’ Opening Day roster.

Walker, 34, hit .261/.344/.395 with eight home runs and 38 RBI over 381 plate appearances with the Marlins last year. The veteran is versastile, having played first, second, and third base along with both corner outfield spots in recent seasons. Despite Walker’s versatility, it is tough to see room on the Phillies’ roster for him, barring injuries to other players. It never hurts to have depth.