The Houston Astros have agreed to sign veteran first baseman Carlos Pena to a one year contract. The deal is reportedly worth $2.9 million.
Houston have been looking for a designated hitter this offseason in preparation for their move to the American League. Pena will probably be in that role, but he is known as a decent fielder so it would be a surprise if he was used as a DH exclusively.
Pena spent last season with the Tampa Bay Rays. He played in 160 games with 497 at bats. His batting average was .197, but his on base percentage was .330. He hit 19 home runs and drove in 61 runs. His home runs and RBI totals were his lowest in six seasons.
Houston is definitely in rebuilding mode, so cheap veterans are the way they are going to go. Pena is there to fill a hole in the lineup until a younger guy can come up and fill that spot. The Astros will probably have a few more past their prime veterans on their roster before the season begins.
Do you think Carlos Pena is capable of bouncing back from his dreadful 2012 season?