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

    Mar 23, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times has the report from Arizona … 1B Carlos Pena, released by #Angels, has no plans to retire. “I feel too good,” he said. “That’s not even an option.” — Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) March 23, 2014 Pena had only an outside shot at an Opening Day roster spot and…

  2. Angels sign Chad Tracy

    Jan 29, 2014, 11:17 AM EDT

    Chad Tracy AP

    Not satisfied after signing Carlos Pena and Brennan Boesch yesterday the Angels have added another veteran left-handed bat in Chad Tracy, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. Tracy is 33 years old and spent the past two seasons as a bench bat for the Nationals, hitting .230 with seven homers and a .660…

  3. Angels sign free agents Brennan Boesch and Carlos Pena to minor league contracts

    Jan 28, 2014, 7:38 PM EDT

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    Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels have signed outfielder Brennan Boesch and first baseman Carlos Pena to minor league contracts. Those deals carry invitations to major league spring training, per Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. Boesch signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Yankees last winter but…

  4. The Rays have expressed interest in Mark Reynolds

    Dec 11, 2013, 8:57 AM EDT

    New York Yankees first baseman Mark Reynolds makes a sliding catch for the out against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of their American League MLB baseball game in St. Petersburg, Florida

    I used to always add “for some reason” to headlines like that, but at this point I figure it is assumed: #rays are casting wide net in search for 1B types. another free agent who interests them is power bat mark reynolds. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 11, 2013   Reynolds hit .220/.306/.393 with 21…

  5. Carlos Pena, 35, hopes to continue playing career

    Nov 6, 2013, 8:11 PM EDT

    carlos pena getty

    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…

  6. This clinches it: Ned Yost has no idea what he’s doing

    Sep 9, 2013, 10:11 PM EDT

    Ned Yost

    Setting the scene: Indians up 4-3 on the Royals in the top of the ninth. Cleveland closer Chris Perez gives up a single to Salvador Perez and a walk to Mike Moustakas to begin the inning, setting things up very nicely. Very nicely indeed, for Ned Yost to trample all over what was left of…

  7. Royals sign Carlos Pena

    Aug 28, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v Tampa Bay Rays

    Released by the Astros on July 31, veteran first baseman Carlos Pena has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Royals. Kansas City is obviously set at first base and designated hitter with Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler, but general manager Dayton Moore is apparently looking at Pena as a left-handed bench option for September.…

  8. 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…

  9. Winners and losers at the trade deadline

    Jul 31, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    Given how disappointing this afternoon’s trade deadline proved to be, it’s only fair that the annual winners and losers column is a little lopsided. Let’s get right to it: Winners Red Sox: I didn’t like the idea of Boston giving up top prospects for Jake Peavy because I just didn’t see him being a big…

  10. A reminder: Francisco Rodriguez is a worse human being than Ryan Braun

    Jul 23, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    If you’re an Orioles fan, feel free to root for the laundry. But let’s not celebrate Francisco Rodriguez. K-Rod was initially arrested in Aug. 2010 after beating up the father of his girlfriend, Daian Pena. Rodriguez assaulted Carlos Pena at Citi Field after a game, punching him in the face. The incident actually left Rodriguez…

  11. Astros designate Carlos Pena and Ronny Cedeno for assignment

    Jul 21, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Tampa Bay Rays

    The Astros have designated first baseman Carlos Pena and shortstop Ronny Cedeno for assignment, reports Brian McTaggart. Shortstop prospect Jonathan Villar is being promoted from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Cedeno’s spot on the roster. CSN Houston reports that Villar will be the team’s starting shortstop tomorrow. Villar was acquired along with Anthony Gose and…

  12. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 21, 2013, 6:55 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Mets 4, Braves 3: Good news: two solo homers for David Wright and five scoreless innings from the bullpen. Bad news: The reason the pen was needed for five innings is that Jon Neise had to leave the game with shoulder problems. Braves news: ugh, you guys have looked positively crappy of late. Tigers 4,…

  13. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 6, 2013, 6:57 AM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez

    Rockies 12, Reds 4: The Colorado Wrecking Crew: Carlos Gonzalez hit three home runs and drove in six. Troy Tulowitzki hit two of his own. Pedro Villarreal had no idea what hit him. White Sox 7, Mariners 5: You figure if you score five runs in the top of an extra inning that you’re gonna…

  14. Opening Night lineups: Rangers vs. Astros

    Mar 31, 2013, 5:21 PM EDT

    minute maid park getty

    Below you’ll find the starting lineups for Sunday night’s season-opening game between the Rangers and Astros at Houston’s Minute Maid Park. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET. It’s on ESPN. TEXAS RANGERS HOUSTON ASTROS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 1. Jose Altuve, 2B 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Brett Wallace, 1B 3. Lance Berkman,…

  15. 2013 Preview: Houston Astros

    Mar 21, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    New look Astros

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Houston Astros. The Big Question: Will the Astros be historically bad? Maybe this isn’t the biggest question facing the…

  16. Rays, Orioles showing interest in Lance Berkman

    Jan 4, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

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    Lance Berkman hates the DH and calls the AL a “Mickey Mouse” league, but it may be where he ends up, as Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Rays and Orioles have “reached out” to Lance Berkman. The Rangers have already shown interest in Berkman, and all three of those teams could…

  17. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  18. Sorry, Lance Berkman: Carlos Pena signs with the Astros

    Dec 17, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Carlos Pena, Bartolo Colon

    The Astros had been talking to Lance Berkman to be their DH and play some first base. It seems as though they’re going in a different direction now, though: Carlos Pena agrees to terms with Astros. One year, $2.9 million, plus $1.4 million in incentives. cbsprt.co/U7yu1R — DKnobler (@DKnobler) December 17, 2012 Probably less money…

  19. The Nationals and Rays are talking about Mike Morse, Danny Espinosa

    Dec 3, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

    Mike Morse Getty

    The Rays just got James Loney, but ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports that the team is talking to the Nationals about a trade for Mike Morse and Danny Espinosa in exchange for pitching. Just because Loney is in the fold doesn’t mean this makes zero sense — after all, Loney is actually a downgrade from Carlos…

  20. Update: the Rays and James Loney agree to a one-year deal

    Dec 3, 2012, 8:34 AM EDT

    James Loney

    UPDATE: Jon Heyman reports that the deal is done. The Rays have signed James Loney to a one-year, $2 million deal with incentives which could land him an extra million. 1:25 AM: Those hoping the Rays would land a big bopper at first base this winter appear set to be disappointed. Yahoo’s Tim Brown reports…

  21. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-51

    Nov 8, 2012, 1:25 AM EDT

    joakim soria getty

    I would have preferred to have posted this last week, but here’s the remainder of the updated top 111 free agents column. In case you missed it, the top 50 was posted last Friday. Players in the top 111 are ranked based not on how I view them, but more on how I believe teams…

  22. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 80-51

    Sep 6, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki

    Here’s part two of the top 111 free agents list. Part one can be found here, and I’ll be posting the top 50 tomorrow. 80. Carlos Lee (1B Marlins – Age 36): Lee still hits a fair number of liners at age 36, but his home run total has dropped six straight seasons and he…

  23. Carlos Pena is going to start riding the pine

    Aug 31, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Carlos Pena, Bartolo Colon

    Carlos Pena is the starting first baseman for a team that wants to make the playoffs. Carlos Pena is hitting .188/.318/.339.  Teams that make the playoffs usually don’t have starting first basemen who hit .188/.318/.339. Ergo: Manager Joe Maddon made a point to say there still will be days Carlos Peña plays first base. But he made…

  24. Evan Longoria starts at third for first time since April 30

    Aug 21, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria

    Evan Longoria had been limited to DH duties since returning from his hamstring tear two weeks ago, but he’s back at third base tonight for the first time since getting hurt on April 30. “I’m excited to say the least. A little bit nervous,” he told Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune. Longoria has started…

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