The 2013 season is going to be one of change for the Houston Astros as the team moves from the National League Central to the American League West. In turn, the Astros needed a designated hitter for the switch and have signed Carlos Pena to fill the role of DH along with first base. This is a solid move in my opinion as Houston needed someone for that role and a power bat in the middle of the lineup.
Pena is the kind of player that won’t give you a high batting average but is a great defensive first baseman where I would expect he will play a lot of games when he isn’t the DH. Houston is a team that is in a deep rebuilding mode and will likely lose over 100 games again in 2013 but at least with Pena, the team has some sense of respectability. Pena will have to carry the Houston offense all season too especially in a loaded AL West.
It should be the first of many moves for the Astros in their new AL home but a move that had to be made and one that is a good move. I just hope Houston can go out and pick up a few more players that may have had a bad season in 2012 or coming off an injury to make this team more than just a pushover for teams all over Major League Baseball. The fans in Houston now have someone who is a great guy to cheer for in 2013.
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