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Marlins Interested in Penny

The Marlins are among a handful of teams interested in Brad Penny, who has been granted his release by the Boston Red Sox. But they will be facing competition, just as they were when they lost out in the bidding for John Smoltz. Besides the Marlins, other teams thought to have interest in Penny include the Rockies, White Sox, Rays and Rangers.

  Penny played for Rockies manager Jim Tracy when they were with the Dodgers.

  Penny won 48 games for the Marlins from 2000-04 and also won both of his starts for them in the 2003 World Series.

Penny struggled with the Red Sox, especially after the All-Star break.

But he told the Boston Herald that he is healthy and eager to join a contending team.

"I had some bad breaks and made some bad pitches," Penny told the Herald. "But I'm healthy, and that's what I'm happy about. This isn't last year, when I was hurt. If that had been the case, I'd be upset. All in all I had a great time here. My shoulder is healthy and I'm glad I came here. It was a blessing."

Penny would become available to any team once he clears waivers on Monday, and he would come cheap, costing only the pro-rated minimum, or about $80,000.