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Cubs get their 1B: Carlos Pena

Posted on: December 8, 2010 1:53 am
Edited on: December 8, 2010 4:01 pm
 

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Moving to plug their hole at first base, the Cubs have agreed to terms with first baseman Carlos Pena on a one-year, $10 million deal that is expected to be announced Wednesday, sources with knowledge of the discussions said late Tuesday night.

Pena, part of Tampa Bay's surge toward the top of the AL East during the past three seasons, gives the Cubs the first baseman they need, the left-handed bat they desire and an excellent defender. Pena was awarded a Gold Glove in 2008.

A 10-year veteran, Pena over the past two seasons has become more of an all-or-nothing hitter. He slumped to a career-worst .196 batting average with a .325 on-base percentage over 144 games for the Rays in 2010, though he did hit 28 homers with 84 RBI.

He is just two seasons removed from a 39-homer, 100-RBI campaign, and in helping Tampa Bay to its first-ever World Series in 2007, Pena hit .282 with a career-high 46 home runs and 121 RBIs.

Among other things, the Cubs are hoping hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo can help Pena make more contact.

"Even if he hits .230 or .240," Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said. "If he hits .240, that might take him to 40 Johnsons [homers].

"He's a good defensive player, he's good in the clubhouse, he's great in the community."

Looking to re-tool last season's highly disappointing club under new manager Mike Quade, the Cubs this winter need a first baseman and are planning to add pitching depth -- a starting or relief pitcher, whichever comes their way and makes the most sense.

Comments

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:51 pm
 

Cubs get their 1B: Carlos Pena

The only logic I can see behind this deal is that the Cubs are banking on a career year from Pena so they can pawn him off for prospects at the trade deadline.  It's the only way this deal makes any sense.  Do people honestly think fans are going to show up to see him K 200 times a year? 

If that is the big draw that Hendry is going to use to pull fans back to Wrigley, he will be sorely mistaken.  Lowering beer prices and letting people stone Ronnie Woo Woo would have been better options than signing this guy.  

 




Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:50 pm
 

Cubs get their 1B: Carlos Pena

Are you telling me you wouldn't buy a scalped ticket, down a couple old styles, and watch nine chimps play baseball at least once?

Replace the Old Style with Bud Light and we'll talk!  Smile




Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:46 pm
 

Cubs get their 1B: Carlos Pena

Well, Mutiger, Mr. Retard, explain the problem with what I said.  Convince me that Pena was worth 10 million.  Convince me further that Adam Laroche would not have been a better fit at 5 to 7 million dollars (cheaper contract).  Tell me that could have  just saved the money and played Colvin at first base. Tell me how that common sense thought makes me an idiot.  Or are you related to Jim Hendry?  I am just showing common sense on the trades on mentioned and then who the Cubs have kept for millions too much.  If you want to talk about Zambrano, then all you have to do is look at his ERA, especially after he came back from rehab. Ended up 3.33 ERA and has a career 3.50 with the Cubs. Other than that, explain something instead of being a retard.



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:19 pm
 

Cubs get their 1B: Carlos Pena

"They could throw nine chimpanzees out on the field and the joint would be full."
Are you telling me you wouldn't buy a scalped ticket, down a couple old styles, and watch nine chimps play baseball at least once?  I think it would be fan-freaking-tastic.  



Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:10 pm
 

Cubs get their 1B: Carlos Pena

Cub fans --- let me rephrase that -- a mix of Cub fans and TOURISTS will continue to frequent the world's largest outdoor beer garden no matter what kind of garbage product they put on the field. They could throw nine chimpanzees out on the field and the joint would be full. 



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 2:56 pm
 

Cubs get their 1B: Carlos Pena

"be glad you are not watching the game behind a dirty warehouse and a stupid lolly pop thing in the outfield"

Thats damn funny.  It's good to see Cubs fans finally get pissed off.  Maybe they will then start showing their anger by not buying tickets...I doubt it because of the reasons you mentioned (boobs, beer, and maybe the other team is good), but someday it could happen. 




Since: Dec 26, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 2:46 pm
 

Cubs get their 1B: Carlos Pena

Man Cub fans really need to stop acting like white sux fans and crying about everything they do. Its only a one year deal for a guy who at the very least plays good D and drives in runs. This is a really weak division, and the Cubs still have as much, if not more talent than the Reds. I dont want to see Hendrey's rookies on the field. I have seen enough of Choi, Patterson, Pie, and Cendeno to know that guys like Vitters are probably going to be busts. Even Castro had 27 errors last year. We need a new GM, until that happens, just have a beer, enjoy being around hot girls, and be glad you are not watching the game behind a dirty warehouse and a stupid lolly pop thing in the outfield.



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 1:58 pm
 

Cubs get their 1B: Carlos Pena

The cubs brass keeps listening to Hendry, so why not listen to me?  Hell, I could screw the team up just as bad as he did at half the salary. I would have been smart enough to not invest 18mil a year in Soriano, so maybe I am more qualified than Hendry. (sarcasm with a scary amount of truth)

And is Pena better than former 1B that the cubs gave up on, Derrick Lee, a guy who had been known as the top 1B in the NL?  Better than Tex?  Better than Pujols?  Better than Konerko? Better than Barton in Oak?  Better than Youk in Bos?  Hell, he wasn't even in the top 3 in his own damn division if he stayed in Tampa.  Sure, a far better option that the 1B on the market like Dunn, but who isn't?  

I must not have seen the games you saw him play in, but he looked like a .200 hitting, K prone, defensive butcher.  And after seeing Jeter win another gold glove and Palmerio having one for playing 20 some odd games at 1B, you can't site gold gloves as a metric to base defensive prowess.  Statistically, he is an average 1B.  

Listen to any "expert" (i'm not one of them) and they say this is a bad deal and that the cubs either need to throw more money in the ring to win or start the youth movement.  The Cubs always tout their minor league system, why not show it to us either as worthwhile players or trading chips?  Vitters is supposed to be the second coming of some great 3B, so why not see what he has?  The cubs didn't want to bring up Castro, but were forced to because of injuries and Castro seemed to have worked out just fine.  It's a 1 year deal, so that's good and won't hurt as long as the other mistakes Hendry made.  But that money could also have been used to get some more prospects, which will hurt in the long term.  




Since: Sep 30, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2010 1:05 pm
 

Cubs get their 1B: Carlos Pena

hes arguably the best defensive first basemen in baseball.maybe you could get a hold of them and let them you know more than they do about who to hire.



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 1:04 pm
 

Cubs get their 1B: Carlos Pena

What a stupid signing.

The Cubs should have just put Colvin, or Soto, or Vitters, or Aramis, or resign Nady, or Castillo at 1B to see if they can play the position and spend the $10mil on a 2B or some speed in the OF. Either that or use the money in help eat the contract of Fukudome when you trade him and have to pay his full deal.  It's going to be a slow process rebuilding the franchise Hendry destroyed, but they just need to get it started.  Its a moot point now, but a team made up of Soto at C, Ramirez at 1B, a cheap FA option or prospect like Lee at 2B, Castro at SS, Vitters at 3B, Covin in RF, Byrd in CF, and the overpaid corpse of Soriano in LF would be competitive in a weak NL Central.  With good pitching, it might have even been a playoff team.  Use the money you spent on Pena to get solid vets to back up or to mentor the rooks.
There is a good amount of money coming off the books soon.  Ramirez and his $14mil are off after 2011, Z and Dempster and $33mil -ish are off after 2012.  Get some rookies up so the can get experience, get Vitters up to see if he can take over for Aramis, and work on the future, bring up the young pitchers to see if they can win a rotation spot after Z and Dempster are gone.  Thanks to Hendry's brilliance, Soriano is on the books for a while and un-tradeable, but if you get that other money off the books, you can live with it.  


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