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Carlos Pena | First Baseman

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (36) / 5/17/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Northeastern (MA)
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Rangers sent 1B Carlos Pena outright to Triple-A Round Rock.
The veteran slugger passed through waivers unclaimed and accepted his assignment to Triple-A Round Rock. He will continue to function as organizational depth while the Rangers explore options to fill their gigantic vacancy at first base. Jul 18 - 6:50 PM

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Rangers designated 1B Carlos Pena for assignment.

In turn, the Rangers have activated Geovany Soto from the disabled list while calling up J.P. Arencibia, who is expected to see most of the playing time at first base. Pena hit just .136 (8-for-59) with one home run and 11 strikeouts over 18 games with the Rangers.
Jul 17 - 5:10 PM

Rangers purchased the contract of 1B Carlos Pena from Triple-A Round Rock.

Brad Snyder didn't work out as an everyday first baseman, so the Rangers will give Pena a shot. He batted just .207/.321/.346 in 89 games last season between the Astros and Royals and turned 36 years old in May. But those in AL-only leagues may want to take a flier on him. Pena is batting sixth for Texas on Tuesday night.
Jun 24 - 4:06 PM

Rangers signed 1B Carlos Pena to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Round Rock.

Pena was released by the Angels at the end of spring training, but he has landed in a pretty good situation with the Rangers, who have been hit hard with injuries to Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland at first base. The 36-year-old hit just .207/.321/.346 with eight homers over 89 games for the Astros and Royals last season, so we're not expecting much. Still, it wouldn't be surprising to see him back in the majors before long.
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Jun 17 - 1:07 PM

Angels released 1B Carlos Pena.

Pena, 35, hit an ugly .207/.321/.346 with eight homers over 89 games for the Astros and Royals last season. The veteran can still take a walk, but his power, at least according to HR/FB rate, has been sheered in half the past few years. With pitchers no longer afraid to attack the zone, Pena's days of possessing an MLB-worthy bat have ceased.
Mar 23 - 12:14 PM

Carlos Pena went 1-for-1 with an RBI single in Sunday's 3-1 victory over the Reds in Cactus League action.

The 35-year-old slugger is hitting just .231 (3-for-13) this spring, but could earn a spot on the Angels Opening Day bench. He still has a good eye and prodigious power, but his days of fantasy relevance are long gone.
Mar 9 - 9:48 PM

Angels signed 1B Carlos Pena to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Pena, 35, hit an ugly .207/.321/.346 with eight homers over 89 games for the Astros and Royals last season. He can still draw a walk, but Pena's power has slipped a bit the last couple years and he seems unlikely to land an Opening Day roster spot. The Halos also brought aboard Brennan Boesch on a minor league deal Tuesday.
Jan 28 - 6:30 PM

Carlos Pena has no plans to retire.

Pena hit just .207/.321/.346 in 328 plate appearances this past season between the Astros and Royals, but the 35-year-old doesn't want to hang up his cleats quite yet. He is free to sign with any team this winter.
Wed, Nov 6, 2013 04:26:00 PM

Royals placed 1B Carlos Pena on the 60-day disabled list.

Pena was ruled out for the rest of the 2013 season this past weekend after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. The 35-year-old will be a free agent this winter.
Tue, Sep 17, 2013 04:36:00 PM

Carlos Pena is expected to miss the rest of the 2013 season after undergoing an emergency appendectomy on Saturday.

Pena has been serving as an extra left-handed bat on the bench for the Royals in September, striking out in each of his three at-bats. The 35-year-old slugger will finish the season with a horrific .207/.321/.346 line with eight homers, 25 RBI and 92 strikeouts in 280 at-bats.
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 04:04:00 PM

Royals purchased the contract of 1B Carlos Pena from Triple-A Omaha.

Pena was released by the Astros on July 31 after batting just .209/.324/.350 in 85 games. The 35-year-old slots in well as a bench bat.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 02:44:00 PM

Royals signed 1B Carlos Pena to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Omaha.

Pena was released by the Astros on July 31 and took almost a full month to find a new spot. The 35-year-old was batting just .209/.324/.350 in 85 games for Houston.
Tue, Aug 27, 2013 05:33:00 PM

Astros released 1B Carlos Pena.

Pena had been designated for assignment last week after batting just .209/.324/.350 with eight home runs and 25 RBI in 85 games. Despite his struggles this season, someone should give him a shot as a bench bat.
Wed, Jul 31, 2013 08:02:00 PM

Astros designated 1B Carlos Pena for assignment.

Pena batted just .209/.324/.350 with eight home runs and 25 RBI in 85 games with the Astros. He was signed to a one-year, $2.9 million contract this offseason and could pass through waivers unclaimed, but shouldn't struggle to sign on with another team.
Sun, Jul 21, 2013 06:25:00 PM

Carlos Pena went 0-for-3 in his return to the Astros' starting lineup Wednesday against the Rays.

Pena missed two games following the drowning death of his nephew back in the Dominican Republic. The first baseman is batting .218/.330/.373 so far this season.
Thu, Jul 4, 2013 08:51:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Geovany Soto
2Robinson Chirinos
3Chris Gimenez
1B1J.P. Arencibia
2Prince Fielder
2B1Rougned Odor
2Jurickson Profar
SS1Elvis Andrus
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Kevin Kouzmanoff
LF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Jake Smolinski
3Jim Adduci
CF1Leonys Martin
2Engel Beltre
RF1Alex Rios
2Daniel Robertson
DH1Mitch Moreland
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yu Darvish
2Derek Holland
3Matt Harrison
4Colby Lewis
5Nick Tepesch
6Nick Martinez
7Miles Mikolas
8Jerome Williams
9Martin Perez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Neftali Feliz
2Shawn Tolleson
3Alexi Ogando
4Neal Cotts
5Tanner Scheppers
6Nate Adcock
7Roman Mendez
8Scott Baker
9Phil Klein
10Pedro Figueroa