Monday, December 29, 2008

Red Sox Retaliate with Brad Penny Signing

The Red Sox have finally responded to the signings of CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett and Mark Teixeira with a free agent signing of their own: Brad Penny. Brad Penny was the Dodgers former ace until injury issues left him at 17 starts last season only 4 of which came after June. The deal is for $5 million guaranteed with $3 million in incentives. Now that the Red Sox have responded to the Yankees spending spree, it is not completely clear who has the advantage. While Sabathia, Burnett and Teixeira are all great players, the signing of Brad Penny clearly tilts the scales in favor of the Red Sox. The championship along with the division should just be conceded now. Such a power play by the Red Sox is unfair to the rest of baseball. As always, the Red Sox with their rampant free agent spending, are ruining baseball for everyone.

11 comments:

She-Fan said...

LOL. Still, they did manage to get a cheaper version of Burnett.

Bucky7588 said...

Those were my thoughts exactly...the Yankees spent all that money for nothing...

Fernando Alejandro said...

Not to mention they got him for 4 years less, but I don't think Penny will be pitching much for them next season.

Ruthie said...

you call sabathia and tex tex nothing??? not only are they steller at their respected poistions but they've prolly boosted ticket sales by like 0.009% and kept yankee intrest at a peak.... I am not as baseball savy as most , but I am sure i am not the only person who went "penny who..?" before I looked him up on wikipedia.....now i am not gonna argue on the fact that they spent like nobodys business,and maybe they could of negoatiate a bit but they handeled their shiz and did what they set out to do which was improve the roatation and fill the gaping hole at first left by giambi.the new guys are going to prove profitabel and will pay off in the long run.

Ruthie said...

my bad... i really need to read context clues! (yall were reffering to burneet alone?)...but still, they got their big ticket free agent...if they want to rush and over pay an overrated free agent, its on them. that just means other teams will get the knock off burneets at half da price. everyones happy =).. (although the saving could of gone towards pettitte)

Fernando Alejandro said...

Personally, I couldn't be happier with how this off season went. Burnett is risky, but at the very least he hasn't missed entire seasons with an injury like Pavano, and he is coming to us injury free supposedly. Penny is a good pitcher, but there's no telling what this kind of injury could do to him. It was enough for the Dodgers to say goodbye to their former ace, and for a team like the Dodgers to give a pitcher the goodbye, there has to be some serious concerns. This wasn't Boston's power move this off season, as much as I like to poke fun. Penny likely fills the role that Bartolo Colon did for them last year. A former star, they're hoping can recapture their magic. We've signed those kinds of players before only when we did it we signed them to long term deals.

Raven King said...

It all depends on whether Josh Beckett can regain his power or not.
If he can't change back from Josh Bucket 08 Version into his old self, the Red Sox is going to be toast.
Jon Lester alone is not enough.

Quinn said...

burn-dog.. is done. he got hurt playing in the puerto rican league. a quad injury. i wish him luck in his music career. and hope one day to watch him at old timers day

Robot Boner said...

I've been wringing my hands all day because of this trade :(

Reminds me of how I felt when those clever Sawx pulled off the Gagne coup a few years back...

Sports Player News said...

Baseball and cricket are one of the few sports not being affected by the global recession. In every other sport people are losing jobs, and teams are cutting back on spending.

Fernando Alejandro said...

The Gagne coup, haha. What happened to Gagne? He was pitching so well that season for the Rangers, in a hitters park no less, then he goes to Boston and becomes utterly useless.

As for baseball being affected by the recession, its good to note that baseball is one of the few sports that's been around long enough to have survived the great depression. Even in bad times, people go to games, and in a big city like New York, you better believe they're going to still pack the stadium. I could see some smaller cities being affected, Detroit could take a hit, but major league baseball will still close the year with massive profits.