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Rangers sign Carlos Pena

Jun 17, 2014, 1:14 PM EDT

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In their never-ending quest to find depth in a season filled with injuries, the Rangers have signed veteran first baseman Carlos Pena to a minor-league contract.

Pena hit just .207 with eight homers and a .668 OPS in 89 games for the Astros (and very briefly the Royals) last season and then got released by the Angels during spring training this year. At age 36 he looks just about done, posting a combined .678 OPS in 249 games since 2012–but if nothing else Pena can still draw plenty of walks and smack some homers.

For now he’ll go to Triple-A and try to convince the Rangers he still has something left in the tank. Texas has already lost Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland, so it’s a good opportunity for Pena.

  1. henryd3rd - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Jon Daniels, can you spell desperation?

  2. historiophiliac - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Father’s Day phone call with my dad:

    Dad: How are you liking that trade now?
    Me: It is working out!
    Dad: I’d rather have Kinsler back. We stink. And we have no pitching.
    Me: You have Darvish.
    Dad: Yeah, every 5th game we stink less. Whoop-dee-do.

    And this is coming from a man who used to go to Colt 45’s games.

  3. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    It’s nuts how many injuries my Rangers have suffered: 3 starting pitchers out, several short stints on DL by other starting pitchers, relief pitchers on and off of DL constantly including one out for the season, starting 2nd baseman out, starting and backup 1st basemen out, starting catcher out. I commend the front office for trying to patch the holes and continue to field a quality product. Some teams would just write the season off as a loss at this point and throw some bodies in from the minors for experience/eval purposes. It’s clear the Rangers are at least trying everything they can to put something better than a AAA team out there every night.

  4. pisano - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    Maybe they like guys that hit .200 and K a lot.

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