Penny signs with Japanese club

Veteran pitcher Brad Penny has signed a contract to play with the SoftBank Hawks of Japan's Pacific League, the team announced on its website.

Penny spent last season with the Detroit Tigers, pitching to an 11-11 record with a 5.30 earned run average in 31 starts.

Through 12 seasons with the Marlins, Dodgers, Red Sox, Giants, Cardinals and Tigers, the 33-year-old right-hander has a career 119-99 record and a 4.23 ERA in 319 games with 315 starts.