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Carlos Pena agrees to re-join Rays

Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:30 am
Edited on: January 20, 2012 12:16 pm
 
Carlos Pena

By C. Trent Rosecrans


Carlos Pena is returning to the Rays, CBSSports.com Insider Jon Heyman reports. Pena will make $7.25 million from the one-year deal, according to Heyman. Pena made $10 million from the Cubs last year in what agent Scott Boras called a "pillow contract," which would allow him to have a big year at Wrigley Field and then sign a multi-year deal this winter. That didn't happen.

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Pena, 33, hit .225/.357/.462 with 28 home runs for the Cubs last season. He hit just .196 in 2010 for the Rays, but slugged 28 homers and actually had an OPS+ of 103 despite his low batting average.

Pena played for the Rays from 2007-2010, hitting .238/.368/.516 with 144 home runs in his four seasons with the Rays, finishing ninth in MVP voting in his first two seasons with the Rays and making the All-Star team in 2009.

Last season Casey Kotchman was the Rays first baseman, and while he hit .306/.378/.422 for Tampa Bay last season, he had just 10 home runs. The addition of Pena would add extra pop to the Rays' lineup over the free-agent Kotchman.

Heyman noted the Indians were interested in both Pena and Kotchman. With Pena off the board, Cleveland would be a logical landing spot for Kotchman.

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Comments

Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 2:16 pm
 

Carlos Pena agrees to re-join Rays

he and Upton can have a contest to see who strikes out the most this season.  i say its a toss up.  Hopefully their free swinging crap doesnt rub off on Jennings...that guy is a pure lead off hitter.  Can't believe I have to suffer one more season of Upton's uppercut swings and dozing off in the outfield



Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 2:09 pm
 

Carlos Pena agrees to re-join Rays

Terrible move. Actually suprises me..Rays have been pretty savvy with their moves over last few years.  Kotchman is superior defensively and at the plate.  These days you can get power numbers all over your lineup, not just first base.  Just cost Longoria some RBI as he bounces back next season... Kotchman knows how to get on base



Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 12:27 pm
 

Carlos Pena agrees to re-join Rays

SDG77459, you make a really good point about his OBP.  I also think he would benefit from some protection, just like Scott would.  What concerns me most about the entire TB lineup is the lack of batting average and even OBP.  They recently brought in 2 players with a batting of around .220 and most of the team seems to only hit around .240. 

They have some pretty good hitters.  It just doesn't seem like they have many consistantly good hitters.  I wonder if this puts the entire lineup at risk of prolonged slumps. 



Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:29 am
 

Carlos Pena agrees to re-join Rays

This guy is not a 3 hole hitter on any planet, even the one you are living on. The Rays will use him, but not hit him 3rd. Good pick up for them at a decent price. 



Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:22 am
 

Carlos Pena agrees to re-join Rays

 Pena's OBP is still higher than Laroche because of his ability to draw walks.  At 33, there no reason to say that Pena couldn't put up 40 homeruns and 100 RBI's again.  The Rays should slot Pena in front of Longoria so that he should get some more pitches.
1. Upton
2. Jennings
3. Pena
4. Longoria
5. Zobrist
6. Scott
7. Joyce
8. Molina
9. Rodriguez

Pena has never had the benefit of hitting in front of a big hitter like Longoria.




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:28 pm
 

Carlos Pena agrees to re-join Rays

Thank God he stayed in Tampa because there were strong rumors out there the Tigers might go after him.  I did NOT want the Tigers acquiring a .200 or .220 hitter.   Yeah, he hits home runs but Comerica Park in Detroit wouldn't be good to him.   No thanks.... let him stay in Tampa. 



Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:32 pm
 

Carlos Pena agrees to re-join Rays

the pirates r cheap , they could have signed this guy but no let pocket it instead



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 9:34 pm
 

Carlos Pena agrees to re-join Rays

This guy is so over-rated. It's HR or K for this guy. An awesome fielder  but Tampa could use a guy who can hit more than his weight. That's sad if you can't even do that. He is nothing more than a platoon player or defensive sub
Well put. This guy strikes out and hit .220. The Rays are bringing back someone they didn't even want in 2011. The Cubs didn't want him in 2012. Few teams do.



Since: Mar 7, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 9:25 pm
 

Carlos Pena agrees to re-join Rays

Short answer, "NO".



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 9:19 pm
 

Carlos Pena agrees to re-join Rays

Is this guy REALLY worth $7.25 million?


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