Pena signed a contract to play with the Hiroshima Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball in 2017, Bambino Sedano of Puro Beisbol reports. Pena was originally thought to have signed an NRI contract with the Giants, but it seems like the deal fell through within the past couple months. The 31-year-old will instead head overseas to raise his stock after putting together a .755 OPS in 87 big league at-bats last season, likely with the hopes of returning stateside in 2018.
Pena agreed to minor league deal with the Giants on Thursday that includes an invite to spring training, CSN Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reports. Pena played in 30 games for the Giants last season, slashing .299/.330/.425 in a very small sample (91 plate appearances). He will once again offer organizational infield depth, likely starting the year at the Triple-A level.
Pena was designated for assignment by the Giants on Saturday, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports. Manager Bruce Bochy was forced to lean on Pena to fill a fairly regular role throughout July (52 at-bats), but with Joe Panik returning from the DL and Eduardo Nunez coming aboard from Minnesota, Pena was deemed expendable. Pena has hit .299/.330/.425 in 91 plate appearances this season and could appeal to a team in need of infield depth.
Pena (groin) has been scratched from the Giants lineup on Wednesday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Pena took a ground ball to the groin in Tuesday's game and is not feeling well enough to play on Wednesday. After a hot June with the Giants, Pena has slowed down in July, hitting just .240/.283/.380 in 85 at-bats. With the reports of Joe Panik possibly being activated this weekend, Pena will see his playing time diminish extensively.
Pena will make his fourth straight start at second base Sunday against the Padres. The Giants have been decimated by a number of injuries to position players over the last few weeks, and everyday second baseman Joe Panik (concussion) has been no exception. Panik's ongoing absence has paved the way for Pena to pick up regular action at the keystone, and while he's gone 4-for-13 during that span, he doesn't pack much power or speed into his profile. Moreover, Panik appears to be closing in on a return, so any fantasy value Pena delivers will be short lived.