Free agent, Carlos Pena is said to be the Cubs next first baseman. Word is Pena and the Cubs agreed to a one-year $10 million deal, according to MLB.com, which first reported the two sides were close. The Cubs seem focused on adding a left-handed-hitting first baseman.
Sources say General manager Jim Hendry has talked to Pena’s agent, Scott Boras, several times since arriving in Orlando. The Cubs continued discussions with representatives for Pena, late Tuesday. We should expect to hear more early Wednesday. Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman tweeted late Tuesday that the “deal is done.”
I believe Pena was one of the Rays staples. I hate to see him go. Carlos is a class act. He brought a lot to Tampa Bay and the Rays clubhouse.
With Winter Meetings in full swing, tons of lobby rumors are to be expected. This year it seems to sting a bit more. I’ve been hearing constant talks about Carl Crawford, Jason Bartlett, even Garza’s name mentioned (Please leave our bullpen alone).
The amount of key players leaving seem to be rising. It’s hard to believe anything is a done deal, until I see the presser myself. I’m really looking forward to seeing who the Rays add to our roster for 2011. So many questions to be answered… I’d like for this part of my ongoing relationship with the Rays to be over. I don’t like saying goodbye. Especially to someone like veteran Carlos Pena. Wherever he may end up, I wish him the best. As always I have faith in the skipper, Joe Maddon and the Rays front office.
Ciao ~ Jenny