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Former Dodger Brad Penny to retire

Former Dodger Brad Penny to retire
Dodgers pitcher Brad Penny delivers a pitch in the first inning during the Dodgers season home opener against the Giants in 2008. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Former Dodgers starting pitcher Brad Penny is retiring after 14 seasons in Major League Baseball.

The 37-year-old right-hander was in the Blue Jays spring training camp after signing a minor league deal in the offseason. Toronto gave him a legitimate look this spring with Penny tossing seven innings in four appearances, but the results weren't there. He was 1-1 with a 10.29 ERA, giving up eight runs on 12 hits, including three home runs. Penny started a split-squad game against the Astros on Thursday and gave up five runs in two innings.

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Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons told the Associated Press that Penny informed him of the decision Friday morning.

Penny was a two-time All-Star with the Dodgers and was a member of two World Series teams, pitching the Marlins to two wins over the Yankees in the 2003 fall classic and being on the Giants' 2012 roster.

Penny spent the first four and a half seasons of his MLB career with the Marlins before the Dodgers acquired him in a trade deadline deal in 2004. He spent five years with the Dodgers, going 46-33 with a 4.07 ERA. He won 16 games in 2006 and 2007 and was selected an All-Star both seasons. Penny put up career numbers in 2007, finishing third in the Cy Young Award voting after going 16-4 with a career-best 3.03 ERA.

After his time with the Dodgers, Penny bounced around the majors, pitching for the Red Sox, Giants and Cardinals before second stints with the Giants and Marlins. Penny even pitched one season for the Fukouka SoftBank Hawks in Japan. He last pitched in the majors with the Marlins in 2014, recording a 2-1 mark with a 6.58 ERA in eight appearances. Last season, Penny pitched in the White Sox organization, making 24 starts for triple-A Indianapolis, going 7-10 with a 4.46 ERA.

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