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Starting Pitcher Penny Inks Deal with Cardinals
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals have completed their deal for free-agent pitcher Brad Penny.

Penny joined the NL Central champions Tuesday after passing a physical. His one-year contract is for $7.5 million, with about $1.5 million more available in performance bonuses.

Penny went a combined 11-9 with a 4.88 ERA in 30 starts for Boston and San Francisco last season.

The Cardinals already have a strong top of the rotation with Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright. Right-handers Joel Pineiro, John Smoltz and Todd Wellemeyer all became free agents after the season.

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