The Toronto Blue Jays have signed pitcher Brad Penny to a minor-league contract with an invitation to major-league spring training.
Penny has posted a record of 121-101 with a 4.29 ERA in 349 career games (319 starts).
In 24 starts for the triple-A Charlotte Knights in 2015, Penny went 7-10 with a 4.46 ERA. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the 37-year-old still has solid velocity, reaching 94 miles per hour on the radar gun.
The Blue Jays need rotation depth at triple-A Buffalo after trading lots of upper-level pitching last summer. The move was the team’s second of the day as they added left-hander Wade LeBlanc earlier Thursday.