DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 03: Starting pitcher Brad Penny #31 of the Detroit Tigers throws the ball during a MLB game against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park on September 3, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
Brad Penny has finally signed with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in Japan's Pacific League, following rumors from Jerry Crasnick that a deal was near. The deal is worth $3 million plus incentives, according to NPB tracker.
Softbank Signs Brad Penny - NPB Tracker
The Softbank Hawks have officially announced the acquisition of righty Brad Penny, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun (edit: confirmed on the team’s website). Penny’s deal is for one year and $3m plus performance bonuses. Sanspo adds that Penny will travel to Japan on February 8th, and join Softbank’s camp on the 9th.
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Brad Penny Signs With Japanese Team For 2012 - Baseball Nation
Relegated to the bullpen during Detroit's postseason run, Penny's contribution consisted solely of 1⅓ innings -- during which he gave up five runs -- in the Tigers' decisive 15-5 loss in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. If his fate with the Tigers wasn't sealed already, it probably was then.
Brad Penny Nearing Deal With Japanese Team - MLB Daily Dish
ESPN's Jerry Crasnick first reported the possibility of a potential move to Japan for free-agent starting pitcher Brad Penny. Crasnick reported Penny "has had discussions with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in Japan's Pacific League," and now he may be close to a deal.