We’re finally seeing the $10M Carlos Pena.
The K’s have been there all season without the home runs.
But his last four hits have left the yard.
Including a HR in all three games vs. White Sox.
All of Carlos’ 14 HR have come since May 3.
That ties him with Prince Fielder & Matt Kemp with the most HR in the NL over that span.
How do you feel about Jim Hendry’s off-season so far? The ‘Big Three’ on his to-do list have been scratched off.
He landed Carlos Pena, the left-handed hitting first baseman: Kerry Wood, the quality bullpen arm, and Matt Garza, a solid No.3 starter. And better, Hendry’s done all this for around $16-million.
Of course, Hendry’s taking a gamble on all three–Pena having a rebound year, Wood’s injury history and the prospects dealt for Garza.
But on the plus side, Hendry’s added some much-needed veteran presence in the clubhouse, limited Pena’s deal to one-year, signed Wood for the right price and landed a legit starter under contract through 2013.
Given these moves the Cubs have a chance to compete in 2011. So what’s not to like?
I believe signing Carlos Pena is a good move for the Cubs.
He’s exactly what the Cubs are looking for at first base: good glove and a left-handed stick with power.
Below is a list of some of the top free agents. Three names I hope the Cubs would target are Carl Crawford, Carlos Pena and Rafael Soriano. Coincidentally, they’re all former Tampa Bay Rays.