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Carlos Pena | First Baseman

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (35) / 5/17/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Northeastern (MA)
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Carlos Pena will miss the next two games due to a death in the family.

Pena will not be placed on the bereavement list, as that would have required him missing a minimum of three games. Ronny Cedeno is being used in the DH spot Sunday.
Sun, Jun 30, 2013 11:41:00 AM

Carlos Pena ripped a three-run, walk-off homer in Thursday's extra-innings win over the Brewers.

Pena was hitless in four at-bats going into the 10th, but he deposited Mike Gonzalez's hanging slider into the upper deck to complete the Astros' comeback victory. The veteran first baseman is predictably hitting a low .223, but he's given the 'Stros some pop with eight homers.
Thu, Jun 20, 2013 07:02:00 PM

Carlos Pena went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and his first steal of the year against the Angels on Friday.

Pena has his average up to .242, which would be his highest mark since 2008. Of course, the old Pena was a fine player while hitting .230-.240, since he mixed in tons of walks and homers. He's still walking now, but he has just four homers and 15 RBI in 178 at-bats for the Astros.
Sat, Jun 1, 2013 01:32:00 AM

Carlos Pena went 0-for-4 on Thursday, dropping his average to .197.

As things look right now, the Astros would have been better off bringing back Carlos Lee than signing Pena. The 34-year-old Pena has just two homers and six RBI to go along with the sub-.200 average in 76 at-bats.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 10:02:00 PM

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