Philadelphia Phillies Eye Brad Penny

Eli GreenspanSenior Analyst IJune 7, 2009

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - MAY 3: Pitcher Brad Penny #36 of the Boston Red Sox starts against the Tampa Bay Rays May 3, 2009 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
A scout has confirmed an ESPN.com report that the Phillies called the Red Sox about pitcher Brad Penny. Despite a 5-2 record, Penny owns a 5.85 ERA in 11 games with a 1.60 WHIP. The Red Sox have John Smoltz, Clay Buchholz, and Michael Bowden all performing well in Triple-A, meaning they will likely join the team soon. 
Penny will be a free agent at seasons end and is making $5 million in 2009. The Phillies are in serious need of pitching, but shouldn't part with a young pitching prospect for him. The Red Sox reportedly ask for shortstop Jason Donald, who is hitting .226 with one home run in Triple-A.

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