HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – The Astros are making a splash as they prepare for their first season in the American League.
The team, which will begin play in the AL West in 2013, has agreed to terms with free agent Carlos Pena on a one-year deal.
General manager Jeff Luhnow announced today. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Since 2007, Peña’s 191 home runs rank eighth in the Majors and fourth among left-handed hitters while his 548 walks rank overall third in the Majors in that span. In 2012, Peña was the Tampa Bay Rays starting first baseman, hitting 19 home runs with 61 RBI and 87 walks while posting a .995 fielding pct.
Over the last six seasons, Peña has averaged 32 home runs, 91 RBI and 94 walks per season. In 2007, he reached career highs in home runs (46), RBI (121), walks (103), slugging pct. (.627) and OPS (1.037) while earning A.L. Comeback Player of the Year honors. In his career, he has reached 30 or more home runs and 100-plus RBI three times.
Peña, 34, has nine-plus years of Major League service, most coming as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays (2007-10, 2012). His career highlights include a Silver Slugger Award in 2007, a Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 2008 and an All-Star selection in 2009. In 19 career postseason games, all with Tampa Bay, Peña has posted a .269 average (18×67) with four home runs and 14 RBI with a .388 on-base pct. and a .522 slugging pct. Additionally, Peña’s 46 combined home runs vs. the Red Sox and Yankees since 2007 are tops in the Majors.
Peña was originally selected in the first round of the 1998 June Draft by the Texas Rangers out of Northeastern University in Boston, MA, where he had maintained a 3.3 GPA in engineering.
Storey Designated For Assignment
To make room for Peña on the 40-man roster, Luhnow also announced that right-handed pitcher Mickey Storey has been designated for assignment. Houston’s roster is now at 40.