Are the Philadelphia Phillies Now Interested in Brad Penny?

Anthony EmersonAnalyst IJune 6, 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)

The Brad Penny rumors just keep coming. Two days ago, he was supposed to go to the Atlanta Braves for Jeff Francouer. Now, apparently the Boston Red Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies for the Phillies top infield prospect Jason Donald.

Donald was a bronze medal winner with Team USA in the Beijing Olympics of 2008. Penny lost in his last start, leaving him at 5-2, and a 5.85 ERA. Donald has been off to a pretty slow start in the minors this season, but would the Phillies really trade one of their top prospects for the hefty right-hander Penny?

Conventional wisdom says no.

And I don't think that this trade will go down, unless the Red Sox throw in a prospect and/or another major league player.

Plus, with the Red Sox's very deep farm system, it's hard to find a place for Donald. He'd probably fall behind other, more experienced infielders in Boston's organization, such as Lars Anderson, Jeff Bailey, and Gil Velazquez.

Unless the Red Sox think that Donald could surpass Anderson, Bailey, and Velazquez, the the Red Sox should try and get a better, more experienced player than Donald for Penny. 

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