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The Idea Of Trading Brad Penny

Published by on May 29, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Can you ever have enough starting pitching?

For some Red Sox fans, yes.

In Brad Penny's last start against the Twins, he pitched 5.1 innings, giving up three runs and striking out seven for the win. Immediately following that outing, speculation began to fly that Penny was expendable as the Red Sox had a "surplus" of starting pitching.

Penny has certainly pitched better as of late. And with the dominant Triple-A performances of Clay Buchholz and the imminent return to the majors by John Smoltz, the Red Sox do appear to be well-stocked with starters.

Yet trading away legitimate starting pitchers under the pretense of speculation seems a bit of a risk, does it not?

There are assumpti...

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