Brad Penny and the Giants agreed to a minor league contract Monday night, adding another proven arm to San Francisco’s strong rotation for the stretch run.
Penny cleared waivers after he was released by Boston last week. Because he reached a deal with San Francisco by Aug. 31, he is eligible for postseason play with the Giants.
San Francisco, idle on Monday before opening a series at Philadelphia tonight, is tied with Colorado for the National League wild-card lead and looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 2003.
Penny is expected to pitch Wednesday against the NL East-leading Phillies.
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The 31-year-old right-hander was cut by the Red Sox on Thursday after going 7-8 with a 5.61 ERA this season – including 1-6 in his last 11 starts. Boston signed the two-time All-Star to a $5 million, one-year contract last winter after he spent four-plus seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Penny won 16 games for the Dodgers in 2006 and 2007, his career high. He was hampered by shoulder problems last year.
With injured left-hander Randy Johnson on the 60-day disabled list, Penny gives San Francisco another accomplished starter to join reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Barry Zito and Jonathan Sanchez.
Penny went 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA in two starts during the 2003 World Series, helping Florida beat the New York Yankees.
Kansas City Royals owner David Glass extended general manager Dayton Moore’s contract through the 2014 season, tacking on three more years after he exercised an option for 2011. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. … Royals manager Trey Hillman has left the team to be with his family in Texas following the death of his father-in-law. Bench coach John Gibbons will be Kansas City’s interim manager until Hillman returns. … Three members of the San Diego Padres – brothers Adrian Gonzalez and Edgar Gonzalez, and Tony Gwynn Jr. – were thrilled on Monday when they received caps autographed by the team from suburban Chula Vista that won the Little League World Series on Sunday. … The Detroit Tigers plan to recall right-hander Jeremy Bonderman from an injury rehab assignment today.