Since the calender turned to May and the real Pena made his dramatic re-entrance, the Cubs first baseman has slugged a dandy .255/.408/.500 slash line (as of yesterday) to go with 8 homers (as of today's game) and slick/above-average defense.
Here's why it is especially good: The Cubs cannot really use Carlos Pena. At $10 million, Pena is not really overpaid or anything, but his one year contract and likely Type-A free agent status means he could be a dandy acquisition for, y'know, a team in contention.
So, either way, the Cubs can hang onto to Pena, pretend this year still has a chance, and then get a compensation pick next year when Pena signs elsewhere — or the Cubs could trade Pena to someone looking for a power bat and grab a few prospects or two.
And, in the meantime, we get to watch one of the MLB's highest quality gentlemen slug dingers!