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Carlos Pena, 35, hopes to continue playing career

Nov 6, 2013, 8:11 PM EDT

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Carlos Pena batted just .207/.321/.346 over 328 plate appearances this past season between the Astros and Royals and will turn 36 years old next May, but the former first-round pick of the Rangers wants at least one more major league paycheck.

Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown writes that Pena “is not planning on retiring” and “would like another shot” in 2014. He is a free agent and might be able to attract interest from American League teams in desperate need of a part-time designated hitter or bench bat.

Pena strikes out a ton and his contact rate has diminished considerably, but he does still have some power and that’s something that is always in demand. Pena slugged 19 home runs in 160 games with the Rays in 2012 and 28 in 153 games with the Cubs in 2011. He hit eight home runs in 89 games this year.

  1. ezthinking - Nov 6, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    He can probably hit 50 in the Northern League or 700 in any slow pitch softball league.

  2. rejamaro - Nov 6, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Any team that would give Pena even a look is beyond desperate. He had one huge opportunity with the Royals this year where he came up with the bases loaded in a huge game in September when the Royals were in the thick of the wild card race. He came up with the bases loaded and two outs as a pinch hitter and proceeded to take three strikes. Didn’t even take the bat off his shoulders till he was back in the dugout. One big at bat that really put a knife in the Royals season. Good riddence!

  3. stex52 - Nov 7, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    That’s a .667 OPS last year. Someone is going to have to be pretty desperate.

    • tuberippin - Nov 7, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      Seattle.

  4. vallewho - Nov 7, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Japan

  5. sportsfan18 - Nov 7, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Dear Carlos,

    You’ve made over $48 million in your career and about $44 million of that in only the last 6 yrs.

    You had a decent career but if you get any MLB team to pay you, you’ll be STEALING from them.

    • tuberippin - Nov 7, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      I’m surprised he made it past his early Athletics and Tigers days tbh. He had a better career than could have been expected of the guy, in my opinion.

  6. raysfan1 - Nov 7, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    In his 1st stint with the Rays, he hit a lot of homers and drew a lot of walks also, resulting in OBPs of .350 or better 4 of those 5 years. Now he isn’t a power hitter anymore, doesn’t walk quite as much, and is a defensive liability. His 2013 WAR was -0.5.

  7. jazynaz - Nov 10, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    do some teams really want a DH who strikes out a lot, and bats a whopping .207? home runs and power are nice, but shouldn’t a DH be a reliable hitter? and, where was he last year? maybe he can get a minor league contract with a spring training invite, if he’s lucky and the stars align just right.

    i’ve been an A’s fan for years and i don’t remember him as an A. he must have been a real impact player!

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