The Blue Jays had signed the veteran right-hander to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. He appeared in three games, allowing three runs on eight hits in five innings so far this spring. He obviously felt like didn’t have anything left, and the results seemed to confirm it.
Penny last saw big league action making a handful of appearances with the Marlins in 2014. He had thrown a grand total of 54 innings in the majors dating back to 2012. He lost a bid for a rotation spot with the White Sox last spring and spent the entire 2015 season in Triple-A, posting a 4.46 ERA and 81/33 K/BB ratio over 135 1/3 innings. So, yeah, it was time.
Penny finishes his career with a record of 121-101 and a 4.29 ERA (ERA+ of 99) in a respectable 14-year career with the Marlins, Dodgers, Cardinals, Giants, Red Sox and Tigers.
Happy trails, Brad.