2003 Champion Brad Penny Signs Minor League Deal With Marlins

Brad Penny signed a minor league deal with the Marlins on Wednesday

By Larry Walansky
|  Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014  |  Updated 5:05 PM EDT
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2003 Champion Penny Signs Minor League Deal With Marlins

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Brad Penny was a member of the 2003 World Champions

The Miami Marlins added a familiar name to the organization on Wednesday when Brad Penny signed a minor league contract.

Penny will make a pro-rated $800,000 plus incentives if he makes the big league team. He will first report to Jupiter, according to the Miami Herald.

Penny who pitched for the Marlins from 2000-2004 was a member of the '03 World Champions and was a big reason that the team hoisted the trophy.

In the 2003 World Series, Penny went 2-0 with a 2.19 E.R.A. If not for Josh Beckett's heroics in game six, Penny likely would've been named the World Series MVP if the Marlins still won the title.

The veteran sat out the entire 2013 season and at age 35; questions have arisen on whether Penny had reached the end of the road for his career. He is trying to give it one more go and with the team he started with.

Over his five years with the then Florida Marlins, Penny went 48-42 with a 4.04 E.R.A. His time in Florida ended when he was dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a six-player trade during the 2004 season per Baseball-Reference.com

While in Los Angeles, Penny saw his career take a big step forward when he became a two-time All-Star. He started the 2006 All-Star Game for the National League and was third in Cy Young voting in 2007.

Things have tailed off a bit for Penny since those days including a very poor 2012 season when Penny was 0-1 with a 6.11 E.R.A. in 22 games with the San Francisco Giants. That followed on a poor season in Detroit as well.

If Penny makes the Marlins, it is unclear if he will serve as a starter or a reliever. In 2012, he was strictly a reliever for the Giants.

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