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San Francisco Giants Sign Brad Penny

CINCINNATI - MAY 16:  Brad Penny #33 of the St. Louis Cardinals throws a pitch during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on May 16, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI - MAY 16: Brad Penny #33 of the St. Louis Cardinals throws a pitch during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on May 16, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Not too long after being released by the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks of Japan's Pacific League, Brad Penny has signed a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants, reports John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. According to a report, Penny was "unable to adapt well to baseball in Japan, [and he] strongly desired to leave."

Shea adds Penny will report to extended spring training Monday and is - wait for it - a candidate to be a reliever on the Giants big league club. Anything positive Penny can give you at this stage of his career is more than you can ask for. The 33-year-old right-handed pitcher posted a 5.30 ERA across 181 2/3 innings of work last season for the Tigers with a poor 3.7 K/9 (career low).