The rumors going about this morning are that the Cubs have agreed to a deal for Carlos Peña.
(The Sun Times and Tribune are both reporting this right now.)
One year, $10 million.
If that’s the case, Tom Ricketts should go down to Orlando right now and in front of everyone give Hendry his pink slip and then kick his ass out the door.
I could be wrong, but I don’t see this working out for the Cubs at all.
So what do we know about Peña (besides the fact that he is a hugger)?
Peña’s best season came in 2007 when he hit 46 homers and drove in 121 runs. He had an on-base percentage of .411 that season and a Pujolsesque OPS of 1.037.
Then last year the bottom fell out. Peña still hit 28 homers last year, but he batted only .196 and his OPS was .723.
Peña will take a walk and, in fact, as averaged 93 bases on balls over the last 4 seasons.
Adrian Gonzalez was traded to the Red Sox and will make $4.75 million in 2011.
Was any other team out there going to sign Peña for $10 million? Hell, we should have just brought back Derrek Lee for a year and given him a $10 million then.
The end result is that, if Peña doesn’t work out, he’s gone after one year…and that’s good. If he does work out, well, with Ramirez, Fukudome, Silva, Samardzija and Grabow all having expiring contracts, the Cubs could give Peña an extension (no more than 2 years please) for more money.
But, once again, Scott Boras has duped a team into overpaying for one of his players.