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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: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2012 8:01 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



Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2012 6:22 pm
 

Carlos Pena agrees to re-join Rays

Home runs or not, glad to see Epstein cleaning house. Cubs need a new mindset. They need players that know the management means business and build a team, not just a group of players that are on the team.The wait til next year culture in Chicago needs to change and that will be easier to do with younger players with open minds.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 5:49 pm
 

Carlos Pena agrees to re-join Rays

Rays could have waited for Prince to sign with the Nats so they could have gotten LaRoache instead of Pena. Rays management seems to have no plan. They spent so much time trying to get value for Upton last year and then tuen around and sign him again. They could have had a LaRoache for Upton deal. LaRoache would have cost them only 1 mil more than Upton and would ahve ahd a guy who can hit just as many homers as Pena and probably hit .260



Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:13 pm
 

Carlos Pena agrees to re-join Rays

To bad he was in the N.L. last year



Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2012 3:53 pm
 

Carlos Pena agrees to re-join Rays

Do you know how many guys have more homeruns than Pena over the last 5 years in the AL? One,  Mark Teixiera.  Carlos pena is a good fielder and he is a power hitter who is paid to hit homeruns.



Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 3:52 pm
 

Carlos Pena agrees to re-join Rays

Crothman will be out the door



Since: Jan 20, 2012
Posted on: January 20, 2012 3:30 pm
 

Carlos Pena agrees to re-join Rays

RALLY KILLER !!  I cannot believe that this was the best the Rays could do !!  This guy is a strike out waiying to happen!!  Cannot hit to left field or left center for that matter !!!  This sucks !!



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 3:21 pm
 

Carlos Pena agrees to re-join Rays

He did exactly what the Cubs signed him to do, so I cannot imagine any ill will with him leaving.  

Odd that the rays signed him since Kotchman is a lefty too.  I guess one with be the DH?



Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:43 pm
 

Carlos Pena agrees to re-join Rays

Whats not to like is his 7.25 million dollar contract for 1 year.



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:38 pm
 

Carlos Pena agrees to re-join Rays

actually a good deal for both player and team....carlos gets to come home to tampa for a decent salary and the rays get a popular hometown


guy that will bring a few more bodies to the trop, along with more power than kotchman could produce.   what's not to like? 


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