The Red Sox have reached an agreement with righthander Brad Penny on a one year, $5 million deal for 2009. Penny was hurt for most of last season with shoulder problems, and ended the season on the 60-day DL. It's a low risk bargain for the Sox, and Penny was also teammates on the 2003 World Series champion Florida Marlins with Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell.
The Sox are also bringing back catcher Josh Bard, who they traded to the San Diego Padres in a panic move in early 2006 with Cla Meredith for Doug Mirabelli. Bard was injured for most of 2008, but he may just get a crack at the starting catcher position, as Bard is just 30. Bard will sign a one-year, $1.6 million deal.
It really makes me wonder if Jason Varitek will indeed be in a Red Sox uniform in 2009.