By C. Trent Rosecrans
Welcome back, Wily Mo Pena.
Pena has shown improved … well, everything, absolutely destroying Pacific Coast League pitching to the tune of .363/.439/.726 with 21 home runs and 63 RBI in 63 games this season.
A career .253/.307/.447 hitter with the Reds, Red Sox and Nationals, Pena started last season at Bridgeport of the independent Atlantic League only to be signed by San Diego, where he hit well in 40 games at Triple-A.
Pena was the key to 2001 Yankees-Reds trade that sent Drew Henson to New York. After hitting 51 homers for the Reds in four seasons (and even having his own bobblehead), Pena was traded to Boston for Bronson Arroyo. Arroyo has won 76 games and made 184 starts for the Reds since the trade, while Pena lasted just 73 games in Boston in 2007 before being traded to Washington (and then-GM Jim Bowden, who brought him to Cincinnati) for a player to be named. The Nationals released him at the end of spring training in 2009. He spent that season in the Mets' system before being released.
Pena is still just 29 and known for his prodigious power, but little else.
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