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Carlos Pena is happy the Cubs didn’t trade him to the Yankees

Aug 26, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Earlier this week Carlos Pena was claimed off revocable waivers by the Yankees, but the 48-hour window to work out a trade came and went without a move and the veteran first baseman is happy to remain with the Cubs.

When asked why he wouldn’t want to leave a fifth-place team for a playoff team Pena explained that “something about sticking together really appeals to me” and “this club means a lot to me.”

Not coincidentally, Pena has played for six different teams during his 11-season career, so maybe he’s just sick of moving around.

Of course, as Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune pointed out, Pena could have joined the Yankees for the final six weeks, made a playoff run, and then just re-signed with the Cubs this offseason as a free agent.

  1. dondada10 - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    I understand that’s it’s only 6 weeks, but this is also the time that children go back to school. Maybe Pena wanted to be in the Chicago area for that, too.

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    I’ll never understand why a professional player would not want to play in the playoffs. I mean, sure it may be back to school time. But Jesus, you only get to play this game for 10-12 years if you are lucky, then you have ages 38-65 to spend with the family. As a 33 year old, with millions in my pocket, the thing that would motivate me the most would be playing for a team that has a chance to be playing in the World Series.

    What else is there?

    • mianfr - Aug 26, 2011 at 11:03 AM

      You’re assuming that the players care about this game even a little bit as much as the fans do.

      For every Derek Jeter out there, there are a half-dozen J.D. Drew’s.

    • dohpey28 - Aug 26, 2011 at 11:27 AM

      Also remember, the Yankees have previously released Pena so why would he want to go back to a team that didn’t believe in him back then, but now all of a sudden has a need so they want him back.

    • paperlions - Aug 26, 2011 at 12:06 PM

      Would you really feel like part of the team if you just hopped on for the playoffs and didn’t contribute to making the playoffs?

      Why do people assume Jeter is different? We don’t know that. If Jeter was a life-time Cub, would he waive his no trade clause to play for the Yankees or would he stay out of loyalty to the team and fan base he spent 15 years playing for?

      You can’t have both Derek Jeter’s. He’s either one guy (championship chaser at any cost) or the other (loyal to team/fans).

      • jimbo1949 - Aug 26, 2011 at 2:55 PM

        Apples and oranges, Pena wasn’t drafted by, nor spent his entire career as a Cub. >1 yr as a Cub does not denote an extreme case of loyalty.

    • Old Gator - Aug 27, 2011 at 12:00 AM

      As a thirty three year old with millions in my pocket, there’s fishing. Yachting. Babes. Skiing. Babes. Dining out in the finest restaurants in Europe. Babes. Cruises up the Amazon. Babes. Privately escorted behind the scenes tours of the new Picasso exhibit at the Met. Babes. Cast parties for Broadway premieres. More babes. Showing up at University of Macondo football games and throwing money around. Stuff like that.

  3. rjostewart - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Or it could be that he is stuck with this team for another six weeks, and, because he’s a guy whose next contract is far from guaranteed, he has no desire to burn any bridges. I mean, what’s he supposed to say, exactly?

  4. djdvd - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    I feel your pain carlos, rescheduling your vacation plans can be such a pain!

  5. uyf1950 - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Sure why wouldn’t he be happy to stay with the “loveable losers”.

  6. djpostl - Aug 26, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    If it was a team other than the Cubs I might get this. But it’s the Cubs! Always putting the “fun” back in dysfunctional.

  7. normb11 - Aug 26, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    If Pena went to the Yanks and if they won the World Series, would that REALLY be all that satisfying for him? Is being a pinch hitter on a WS team all that awesome?
    Maybe he doesn’t think its worth the hassle of moving for a month to sit on the bench with a bunch of new faces…I don’t know.

  8. klink6224 - Aug 26, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Prolly him taking the high road and not airing dirty laundry of his distaste from his first go round with the yanks. Not pinko ally bashing them or anyone in particular but those he dislikes will get the message

  9. pisano - Aug 27, 2011 at 12:00 AM

    No offense to Pena, but most Yankee fans are probably happy that he’s staying with the Cubs. While the Yankees have alot of power they also have alot of guys on the team that strike out alot, and Pena would certainly add to that total. If I remember correctly he struck out over 150 times one year, and like I said the Yankees have plenty of that already.

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