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Astros release first baseman Carlos Pena

Jul 31, 2013, 9:37 PM EDT

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From Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle comes word that the Astros have released Carlos Pena, who was designated for assignment 10 days ago.

Pena was batting just .209/.324/.350 with eight home runs and 25 RBI in 85 games this year for the Astros and he hit .197/.330/.354 in 160 games last year for the Rays. But he still owns a cool .813 career OPS and could draw some interest in free agency from contending teams seeking a powerful bench bat.

Pena, 35, inked a one-year, $2.9 million free agent contract with the Astros back in mid-December to serve as the club’s primary first baseman. Brett Wallace has since taken over that gig.

  1. dondada10 - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    That picture reminds me of a great episode of Curb.

  2. brewcitybummer - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Feels to me more like a third act in Japan is coming. Or maybe it’ll be his 4th.

  3. mudhead123 - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    So Pena was playing like himself

  4. raysfan1 - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    The Astros had to go with Brett Wallace. Scott Hatteberg retired in 2008.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      So did the Astros.

      • jeffa43 - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        2006 …. Douchebag

  5. 13arod - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Im pretty sure tampa will sign him to a minor league contract or he will retire and be a minor league hitting coach for tampa pena will aways be one of my favorite rays

    • brewcrewchamps - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      The guy hit like .230 lifetime. Hitting coach?

      Pena played pretty good defense though

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:04 PM

        Just because someone can’t DO something proficiently doesn’t mean they don’t understand the fundamentals and science involved in teaching it.

        Very few hitting or pitching coaches are hall of famers.

        And from what I remember about profiles on Pena when he was a prospect, he is actually incredibly smart. Like borderline genius.

  6. garryfish - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Here com the Yankees…

  7. tigersfandan - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    What does this have to do with A-Rod?

  8. DonRSD - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    No more PED’s = out of baseball.

    See ya!

  9. kevinravens1 - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    The orioles should sign him

  10. 13arod - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    brewcrewchamps he was a power hitter hit alot of grandslams homers and is always clutch

    • tampajoey - Aug 1, 2013 at 6:10 AM

      Clutch? LMFAO… the dude and his garbage-time HRs are worthless.

  11. steelers88 - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    I wonder if the Pirates would be interested? Pena would be a platoon player at 1B with Gabby Sanchez and then the Pirates can platoon Jones and Tabata in RF. Low risk high reward for the Pirates.

  12. tampajoey - Aug 1, 2013 at 6:11 AM

    Pena sucks so bad I wouldn’t wish him on the Red Sox.

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