Penny Looking for Work
Boston put Brad Penny on waivers. He clears waivers on Monday.
Penny has indicated an interest in signing with the Rockies, and his agent has been in touch with Rockies officials in light of the factis on the disabled list.
The Rockies, however, did not seem sold on adding Penny, who has a reputation for disrupting a clubhouse, and a reluctance to pitch deep into games.
San Francisco is reportedly making a strong push for the right-hander.
The Rockies do have a need for a fifth starter. Josh Fogg drew the assignment on Wednesday in place Cook, but failed to make it out of the fourth inning.
Rockies managerhad Penny when Tracy managed the Dodgers.
If a team signed Penny on Monday afternoon, following clearing waivers, he would only cost $85,000 in salary, the pro-rated portion of the major-league minimum.
To claim him on waivers, the Roickies would have to pick up the final month of his $5 million salary, slightly less than $900,000.
With the Rockies scheduled off on Monday, they would not need a fifth starter again until Saturday, Sept. 5.
Given Penny’s reputation, however, the Rockies seem more likely to decide to give Russ Ortiz, who joined Triple-A Colorado Springs last weekend, a start or even look at one of their prospects — such as, Brandon Hynick, or — if they opted against giving Fogg a second start.
There is a hope that Cook could return by mid-September. If the Rockies took advantage of off days to skip a fifth starter, they would need one for only three starts between now and Sept. 26.
They could keep the four other starts on a rotation of pitching every fifth day, and would then need a fifth start on Sept. 5 against Arizona and Sept. 10 against Cincinnati, both at Coors Field, and Sept. 15 at San Francisco.