Carlos Peña will be signing a one-day contract with the Rays this week, and then immediately retire, returning to the jersey that served him so well in his 14-year career.
In Peña's five seasons with Tampa Bay, the Rays posted four winning seasons, won 90-plus games three times, captured two American League East Division Championships and the 2008 AL pennant. Before his arrival, the team had never had a winning record.
He is the only Ray to lead the team in home runs in four different seasons. He hit more home runs than any left-handed hitter in club history including a club-record 46 in 2007. He also holds team records for most RBI in a season, most walks, and highest slugging and on-base percentages.
He won the Rays first Silver Slugger Award in 2007, first Gold Glove in 2008, was an All-Star in 2009. More importantly he helped create the winning culture that has defined the Rays organization over the past eight seasons.
Carlos, 37, is currently a studio analyst for MLB Network. He and Pamela reside in Orlando, Fla., with their daughter, Isabella, and son, Nicholas.