"Brad Penny was too busy reeling in marlin off the coast of Mexico -- eight in all, he said -- to worry about his tenuous status as trade bait. He was having too much fun tooling around Paris and Madrid to be concerned about getting dealt to Toronto or St. Louis. The Dodgers' burly right-hander reported to camp 10 pounds lighter. And he shed any hard feelings he might have developed when his name continually came up in off-season trade talks."
... "I was either hunting or fishing or traveling, so I didn't hear much of it," he said. "My parents would tell me that my name was coming up in this trade rumor or that one, but to me it wasn't something to worry about."
I'd use some kind of fishing metaphor about trade bait, but instead will just hold off on buying a Brad Penny Dodger bobblehead (a former kiss of death for Alomar and Alfonzo). If Brad Penny's not worried about having to take his recent 5.98 ERA (July - September) to another team, then I won't either. Just glad all the Halibut and Mrs Paul's is keeping Brad at his fighting weight.