Giants, Red Sox, and Reds Add Important Pieces

While one team is off spending in the hundreds of millions in an effort to buy a World Series, a couple other known big spenders and a small market club are busy signing valuable members at a discount to sure up their own rosters.

The San Francisco Giants signed Randy Johnson, adding a third Cy Young recipient to their rotation. The Big Unit rounds out an already deep rotation including Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez, and Barry Zito.  Johnson enters next season only 5 wins shy of 300.

Brad Penny is heading to Boston for a reported one-year deal worth $5 million plus incentives.  Penny battled a bum shoulder last season and struggled with a 6.27 ERA.  The Red Sox also added catcher Josh Bard on the weekend; Bard played in 7 games with the Sox in 2006 before being shipped back to San Diego because he couldn’t handle Tim Wakefield’s knuckle-ball.

The Cincinnatti Reds continue to tinker with their lineup, and have signed center-fielder Willy Taveras to a two-year deal.  Taveras fills the Reds’ gaping hole at the top of the lineup; he can struggle to get on base, but usually steals a bag or two when he does get on.  The signing of Taveras ensures that Jay Bruce will remain in right-field next season.