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The Giants sign a shortstop for the pen

Dec 11, 2009, 9:58 AM EDT

To be fair, though, Tony Pena, Jr. is a better pitcher than he is a shortstop. I mean, the Royals decided that Yuniesky Betancourt was a better option at short last year, and he was just about the worst player in all of baseball. And you know what? The Royals were right to think he was the better option.

Anyway, the Giants just inked Pena to a minor league deal. Hard to say if he’ll make it. He pitched decently in the low minors after he was converted, but he’s struggling in the Dominican Winter League right now.  Still, I’d like to see him succeed as a pitcher just because random stories about shortstops turning into relievers is the sort of thing that makes me love this game.

  1. Jon KK - Dec 11, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Maybe the Giants could then trade him to the White Sox, so the White Sox would have both Tony Pena pitchers and the Red Sox have both Ramon Ramirez pitchers.

  2. Ron - Dec 11, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    What’s really great about this is the fact that the Giants are a National League team. So if Pena gets to the majors, he might get a chance to hit again.
    And that’s funny. At least to me.

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