The White Sox sign Brad Penny to a minor league deal

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Chris Cotillo reports that the White Sox have come to terms with Brad Penny on a minor league deal.

Brad Penny was out of baseball in 2013 and pitched poorly in 2014. And, for that matter, pitched poorly in 2012. And 2011. Really, outside of a couple of very short stints — nine total games in 2010 and six starts with the Giants in an otherwise crappy 2009 — Penny hasn’t been a decent pitcher in ages.

But I suppose that’s what minor league deals are for. To get a look-see. And to have a guy you can send the hell over to the East Valley for a split squad spring training game against the Cubs or something in early March.

Report: Phillies ‘shopping the hell’ out of Carlos Santana

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In today’s column for The Athletic, Ken Rosenthal reports that the Phillies are “shopping the hell” out of first baseman Carlos Santana, according to a rival executive. Doing so would allow the Phillies to move Rhys Hoskins back to first base and open up a spot in the outfield for free agent Bryce Harper, with whom the Phillies have been commonly connected.

Santana, 32, is coming off of a mediocre season in which he hit .229/.352/.414 with 24 home runs and 86 RBI in 679 plate appearances. His 1.7 WAR, per Baseball Reference, was his lowest output since 2015. He has $35 million remaining on his contract. The Phillies would presumably eat a significant portion of that $35 million in order to make a trade work.

If the Phillies can’t move Santana but still end up signing Harper, Santana could share third base with Maikel Franco and first with Hoskins. Right now, the Phillies have a glut of outfielders with Hoskins, Odúbel Herrera, Nick Williams, and Aaron Altherr. Hoskins rated among the worst outfielders defensively in 2018, so moving him back to first base is likely one of the Phillies’ bigger priorities.