Blue Jays sign Brad Penny to a minor league contract

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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Blue Jays have signed veteran right-hander Brad Penny to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

If you were unaware that Penny was still playing, you probably aren’t alone. After making a handful of appearances with the Marlins in 2014, the 37-year-old lost in his bid for a rotation spot with the White Sox last spring and spent the entire year in Triple-A while posting a 4.46 ERA and 81/33 K/BB ratio over 135 1/3 innings. Penny has thrown a grand total of 54 innings in the majors dating back to 2012 and had a 5.30 ERA over 31 starts with the Tigers back in 2011, so he’s far removed from being an effective pitcher.

The Blue Jays already have a set rotation with the likes of Marcus Stroman, Marco Estrada, R.A. Dickey, J.A. Happ, Jesse Chavez, and Drew Hutchison, so Penny is simply a depth signing at this point.