The talks are up all over the place. The Boston Red Sox may very well be shopping Brad Penny and a few teams are already interested. The Atlanta Braves who recently waived Tom Glavine have shown interest in Penny as the Sox would pursue Jeff Francoeur. The Philadelphia Phillies have also reportedly shown interest in Penny, but I don't see the Red Sox making a better move with the Phillies than they could with the Braves.
Brad Penny started the season poorly but has come on as of late with a 5-2 record and a 5.85 era which has progressively lowered since his first start, leaving with an era of 11.00. Although Penny has begun to pitch much better and record outs, he still allows enough runs per game that we can't win when the bats aren't hot. Friday night's game against Texas is a perfect example. Penny pitched well against the Rangers amidst allowing a three run homer to Ian Kinsler (due to Julio Lugo's errors), but the Sox couldn't produce offensively. With John Smoltz and Clay Buccholz waiting in the wings, we could send Penny to Atlanta for Jeff Francoeur and his .248, 4, 25 to help a struggling JD Drew get some off time to stay hot. We could also filter in Jeff at DH until Big Papi figures things out, maybe checking on his wrist rather than his eyes.
On and Over the Hill
My suggestion would absolutely be to trade Brad Penny for Jeff Francoeur. As previously stated, we could replace Brad with Smoltz or Buccholz on the mound or even sign Tom Glavine from free agency and give him a shot at closing out his hall of fame career the way he wants to do it. Imagine unloading Penny for a great bat and outfielder to help the offense while already having a pitching arsenal saved up and then adding Glavine to boot. If the Sox were to sign Glavine, he would probably be better used in the bullpen if Clay or John showed enough promise to consistently go 7 or 8 innings a game and pull in some wins.
The Sox went 6-4 on their 10 game road trip and lost their first return to Fenway last night against Texas with Penny on the hill. Keeping my ears and eyes open, let's see if this buzz actually leads to some new faces in Boston. Let us know what you think about trading Penny or signing Glavine in the comments section below.