Welcome Back Carlos Pena!


During the month of April, Carlos Pena was lost. We can only assume he had been kidnapped and replaced with some devious lookalike, whilst the real Pena slowly bummed his way back to Chicago from some mysterious and vast desert.

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!

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