Penny released; Wakefield/Martinez, Wagner and more
August 27, 2009 4 Comments
Brad Penny saw that his season was going nowhere in Boston, asked for his unconditional release, and was given it yesterday. As bad as he has been lately, Penny provided plenty of value to the Sox, hurling 131.2 innings for them while the rotation suffered a massive mid-season meltdown. The 5.61 ERA ain’t pretty, but Fangraphs still has him as +2.1 wins above replacement. Don’t forget that he gave us some pretty good starts when our regulars began dropping like flies around the All-Star Break.
In his place, a semi-healthy 43-year old Tim Wakefield took the mound yesterday, and dominated (relatively speaking). Deserving of equal praise is Victor Martinez, who handled Wakefield pretty comfortably last night and had no passed balls. Not bad for a guy who’s never caught a knuckler before.
It was also nice to see David Ortiz with the walk-off home run and a multi-homer game, his first 2-HR game of 2009 and the first such game since September 17 of last year. Hard to remember now that he had nine of those games back in 2005.
Billy Wagner will likely make his debut with the Sox tonight; I’m eager to see his velocity and command this soon after Tommy John surgery. It used to take at least a year and a half, but players are coming back sooner and sooner with better rehab programs. A reliever may not make a huge difference at this point in the season, but I’m of the opinion that the Sox needed another quality, situational lefty back there (think Yankees), and I’m glad they went and got him, even if we had to lose 1B/OF Chris Carter to do it.