Giants sign Penny to Minor League deal

Giants sign Penny to Minor League deal

SAN FRANCISCO -- Seeking bullpen depth, the Giants agreed to terms on a Minor League contract with right-hander Brad Penny on Friday.

Penny, released last week by the Softbank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League after 12 seasons in the Majors, will report to the Giants' extended spring training camp Monday to work himself into pitching shape. He made only one start in Japan.

Penny has started in all but four of his 319 appearances in the Majors. But the Giants have been seeking reinforcements for their relief corps, particularly with right-hander Guillermo Mota serving a 100-game suspension for use of a performance-enhancing substance. Penny's experience as a starter would enable him to transition smoothly into the multiple-inning long-relief role Mota occupied.

Penny, who turns 34 next Thursday, built a 119-99 record with six big league teams, including a highly successful stint with the Giants in September 2009. He was 4-1 with a 2.59 ERA in six starts. San Francisco attempted to retain him, but he signed with St. Louis.

Last year, Penny finished 11-11 with a 5.30 ERA in 31 starts for Detroit.