Sometimes it takes a really bad contract to put other bad contracts in perspective. Such was the case for me with Jason Marquis and Brad Penny. During the winter meetings, Brad Penny signed a one year, $7.5 million deal with the St. Louis Cardinals. Keep in mind, this is the same Brad Penny who signed a one year $5 million deal the year before with the Red Sox, and rewarded them with a 5.61 ERA in 131 innings before be shown the door. What exactly did Penny do to deserve a $2.5 million raise this year? Now to be fair, Penny did find yet another team to give him a shot last season, and that team resides in the weak-swinging NL west. He pitched 41 innings of very effective ball for the Giants. Apparently effective enough for the Cardinals to lose sight of his previous ineffectiveness and ...
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