Should the Rays Re-Sign Carlos Pena? Recent History Says No

Carlos Pena is one of the most beloved Rays players - both on this site and in general. There is a large majority that would love to see Carlos Pena, the man, retire as a Ray and remain in the organization long after. However, what we want may not be best for the team. Instead of going into 1,000 words on the risks of signing an aging slugger with old man skills (walks, strikeouts, home runs), I'll let the visuals do the talking...

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Okay, just because it happened to Pat Burrell doesn't mean it will happen to Carlos Pena. Also, Pena still has another 350-400 plate appearances to improve on his age 32 totals. That said, anything more than a one-year deal with a sweet home town discount is probably too much for the best slugger in this franchise's history. I don't know about you, but my :)% just went way down.

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