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Rumor Mill: Brad Penny

Former Cardinals starter Brad Penny is still on the radar of the Tigers, according to a report on Fox Sports.

That's bad news for the Redbirds if there was any truth to the rumor that they would like to have the big righty back as a bullpenner and as rotation depth. That role would probably unattractive to Penny if he has an option to join another club's rotation. And maybe the American League holds some extra appeal for him since it would eliminate the need for him to bat. Penny missed two-thirds of the 2010 season when he tore a back muscle hitting a home run at Busch Stadium.

The Cardinals have downplayed their interest in Penny. But they are said to still be in the market for an insurance policy for the major league rotation because of the role the injury to Penny and the ongoing struggles of Kyle Lohse played in sinking the club's 2010 post-season aspirations.

The only way I could see Penny back in a St. Louis uniform is if he wants to play for the Cardinals so bad that he is willing to take $1-$2 million contract. But I find it unlikely that he's willing to do the Birds any favors, even though they were his favorite team growing up, because he was so put off by the club's reaction to his injury rehab that he didn't bother to show up for the team photo.