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Angels release Carlos Pena, who still wants to continue his playing career at age 35

Mar 23, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times has the report from Arizona …

Pena had only an outside shot at an Opening Day roster spot and sealed his fate by batting .139/.205/.167 with 14 strikeouts in 39 plate appearances in the Cactus League. The 35-year-old has hit .201/.327/.351 in 249 regular-season games since the start of 2011 and he rates poorly defensively at first base.

Anaheim also cut ties with catcher Yorvit Torrealba and infielder Chad Tracy on Sunday.

  1. doncorleone17 - Mar 23, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    They way Carlos Pena fell off is crazy, he has so much power idk how he lost it.

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 23, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      I don’t think it’s crazy.

      He was always a high-unfulfilled-potential player.

      I’d say his streak from 2007 to 2009 was more surprising than his failures to maintain it.

    • NYTolstoy - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      How the mighty, or maybe kind of mediocre with alot of power have fallen…guys 35 and his power is all but gone. Which is what all he had to begin with. Game ova

  2. papacrick - Mar 23, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Well he still has the record for longest home run in Comerica Park so there’s that

  3. 1harrypairatesties - Mar 23, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    He strikes out way too much & his batting average sucks. He has power but so do a lot of guys. I see him as a back up DH or PH.

    • dillongeeescapeplan - Mar 23, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      He has a .150 ISO over the last two years (which is about average/slightly below average), so I wouldn’t exactly say he hits for power. He’ll draw enough walks to maintain a respectable OBP, but that’s not going to cut it at 1B.

  4. ditka96 - Mar 23, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Brewers? Lyle Overbay had been 0 for his last 26 when the Brewers informed him that he had made the team…

  5. aceshigh11 - Mar 23, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Well, if any team is in the market for a professional strikeout artist…

  6. straightouttavtown - Mar 23, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    I’ve always thought of him as an underachiever. Thought he was gonna be a superstar in his prospect days then he became a quad-a journeyman only to bounce back with a vengeance in 2007 but he was never able to replicate that effort. He hung around a few more years, hitting for power with horrible average and doing his best Adam Dunn impersonation but I think he’s done. If he wants to keep playing, I hope he likes the bus rides. Long Island Ducks it is!

  7. chunkala - Mar 23, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    He should go to the NL, he’d dominate there.
    Also, funny that he was always considered superb defensively when he could hit, but now he’s a poor defender because he bats below .200 regularly.

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