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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: May 25, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:36 pm
 

Carlos Pena agrees to re-join Rays

Did anyone ever notice he left?



Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:20 pm
 

Carlos Pena agrees to re-join Rays

Fool me once...



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:07 pm
 

Carlos Pena agrees to re-join Rays

I think 7.25 million is way to much money for a guy who hit .220 last year and .196 the year before.  I'm not saying he won't do good; just that 7.25 million is too much money for him.
I would agree if Pena was getting paid to hit for a high average,  but he getting paid to be a power hitter.  The Rays are saying that they could live with his low batting average as long as he hits 30+ home runs a seasons, also it help that he average over 80 RBI's per season the last 5 years.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 1:57 pm
 

Carlos Pena agrees to re-join Rays

Send your Crawford Jersey to Bawston for the bean towners to burn or remember Carl was a good player before he took their $.



Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 1:56 pm
 

Carlos Pena agrees to re-join Rays

Nice steal for the Rays again. Pena's market value was expected to be around the 8-10 million range, so this is a nice below market contract. I was hoping Carlos Pena would be willing to take on a platoon DH/1B role with the Yankees to fill the void Montero left, but this makes more sense. He will get more playing time with the Rays anyway. Maybe a Johnny Damon return is on the horizon.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 1:53 pm
 

Carlos Pena agrees to re-join Rays

Glad I didn't throw his old Jersey out.  Hope he has the same number.  Still trying to figure out what to do with my Crawford jersey...better hold on to it.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 1:52 pm
 

Carlos Pena agrees to re-join Rays

I would MUCH rather try to re-sign Casey Kotchman over Pena. Here are a couple reasons why....
Age - Kotchman = 29   -  Pena = 34
Career Fielding % - Casey Kotchman = .998%   -  
;
;Carlos Pena = .994%
Carlos Pena = 319 K's last 2 seasons   -  Casey Kotchman = 289 K's in his 8 year career
Kotchman has 33 more hits over the past 3 seasons
Not a good addition in my opinion
I agree that that Kotchman is better on Defense and that he will hit for a higher averge then Pena, I also agree that Kotchman is younger and Pena will strike out more. This move is just about adding another power hitter in the lineup, Kotchman is not a power Hitter and you be lucky if he hit more then 10 Home runs in a season.



Since: Feb 27, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 1:52 pm
 

Carlos Pena agrees to re-join Rays

I am glad the Tigers did not sign him. He needs a small ballpark to be useful to a team. He hit only 45 homeruns in over 900 AB's playing for the tigers between 2003-04 with an AVG. In the .240's. Wish him well with the Rays.



Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 1:51 pm
 

Carlos Pena agrees to re-join Rays

I think 7.25 million is way to much money for a guy who hit .220 last year and .196 the year before.  I'm not saying he won't do good; just that 7.25 million is too much money for him.




Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 1:37 pm
 

Carlos Pena agrees to re-join Rays

1 year at 7.25 mill   hahahah way to much


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