Carlos Pena Signed By Cubs to a One Year, $10M Contract

OAKLAND CA - AUGUST 19: Carlos Pena #23 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a two run home run against the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning during an MLB game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 19 2010 in Oakland California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

From Topkin:

Whatever slim chance the Rays had of bringing back 1B Carlos Pena apparently are gone as Pena has agreed on a one-year deal with the Cubs for what is believed to be $10-million, according to mlb.com.    

There's not much else we can say at this point, except goodbye Pena and good luck. We're all impressed that he managed to get $10M on the free agent market - and disappointed that he didn't fall to us - but Pena moving on is probably for the best. The AL East had begun to figure out how to attack his aging bat by shifting dramatically against him; add in his career high 44.9% groundball rate in 2010, and it resulted in a batting average below the Mendoza Line and a Weighted On-Base Average (wOBA) that barely cracked league-average (.328, league-average was .321). Pena could have an outstanding year next season if he starts hitting more flyballs again - especially considering the "cozy confines" of Wrigley - but at $10M, he wasn't worth the risk for the Rays.

That said, I have plenty of cherished memories of Pena, and I'll sorely miss his smile and positive attitude. He's one of the nicest guys in baseball, so I'm glad he's succeeding and getting paid well. Best of luck to you, Carlos!

For more on Pena's departure, check out Jason Collette's analysis at Dock of the Rays and ESPN 1040.

SB Nation Featured Video
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join DRaysBay

You must be a member of DRaysBay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at DRaysBay. You should read them.

Join DRaysBay

You must be a member of DRaysBay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at DRaysBay. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker