Big names have tough choices to make
Updated: December 27, 2008, 5:39 PM ET
• Vernon Wells sees some reason for optimism for the Jays in 2009, writes Richard Griffin. • Future Hall of Famer Randy Johnson got a lot more than pocket change, working out an $8 million deal with the Giants, John Shea writes. So now San Francisco's rotation looks like this: Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Barry Zito, Johnson and Jonathan Sanchez. Not bad, especially for a team in the NL West, but there are, of course, a lot of unknowns, such as how much Zito will contribute, and how many starts Johnson will make at age 45. • Brad Penny may soon make his decision about where he wants to pitch in 2009, on a one-year offer -- and money aside, the best possible fit for him would probably be with the Red Sox, where he could compete in the supercharged AL East and have a chance to rebuild his stature within the game. But Penny -- the NL starter in the 2006 All-Star Game, and the No. 3 finisher in the Cy Young Award voting in 2007 -- is weighing many alternatives, including an overture from the Cardinals.
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