It could possibly be said that if the Houston Astros release someone they are not likely to be signed by another team. The Astros are the worst team in MLB after all. Who would want someone they didn’t want? The Kansas City Royals are the answer to that question. They have signed first baseman Carlos Pena who was recently released by the Astros. It isn’t a bad signing at all for the Royals and is actually a positive move for the team.
After only batting .209 for the Astros you can see how a rebuilding team would want to part ways with him. The Astros have a few first base options anyway. That doesn’t mean that Pena has no value anymore though. He isn’t exactly over the hill and still likely has a few good years left in him especially from the bench area. It isn’t known how the Royals will use him if he comes to the major league roster but the likely will be there.
For now they plan to watch him in triple-A but I can’t imagine they wouldn’t bring him up when September call-ups come calling. He will be a good veteran presence in the dugout, clubhouse as well as on the field. His ability to drive in 100 runs has dried up for now but he very well might be a terror off the bench in key situations. If nothing works out for him then the Royals are essentially out nothing. Pena could be great for them but if not, all they lose is a little money. Great little move.