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.
2019 has not been kind to the Seattle Mariners. After starting the year 13-2, the club has gone 41-71 since, earning last place in the AL West. To give credit where credit is due, however, the Mariners were on something of a roll, entering Wednesday afternoon’s series road trip finale against the Rays on a four-game winning streak. However, the M’s lost Wednesday’s contest in very depressing fashion.
Entering the top of the ninth inning, the Mariners trailed the Rays 5-3, but a solo homer by Daniel Vogelbach and a two-run triple by Mallex Smith sent them into the bottom half of the ninth leading 6-5. Manager Scott Servais sent Matt Magill — acquired from the Twins exactly one month ago — to the mound to close out the game.
Kevin Kiermaier greeted Magill rudely, starting the inning by swatting a game-tying solo home run to center field. Magill would then allow a single to Willy Adames and a double to Michael Brosseau before intentionally walking Ji-Man Choi to load the bases with no outs. Tommy Pham worked the count to 1-2 when Magill spiked a breaking ball in the dirt that catcher Omar Narváez had little hope of corralling. The ball skipped away and the Rays walked off 7-6 winners on a wild pitch, a very on-brand sentence for the 2019 Mariners.