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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Rangers sign Carlos Pena

At age 36 he looks just about done, posting a combined .678 OPS in 249 games since 2012–but if nothing else Pena can still draw plenty of walks and smack some homers.

Put me down for .150/.300/.350

 

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: June 18, 2014 at 04:03 AM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: carlos pena, desperation, rangers

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   1. BDC Posted: June 18, 2014 at 07:57 AM (#4729055)
Well, yes – they'd been going with Brad Snyder and Donnie Murphy at first base for the past week or so, which is really like saying you don't need a first baseman, and you had to think there was some freely-available 1B out there with at least some experience and vaguely able to imitate major-league slugging. Sometimes you extend your career simply by being the last man standing, and here's hoping Peña can do that for a couple of months.
   2. Ron J2 Posted: June 18, 2014 at 09:23 AM (#4729104)
#1 I still like Barry Bonds' chances of out-hitting Carlos Pena.
   3. catomi01 Posted: June 18, 2014 at 09:27 AM (#4729108)
#1 I still like Barry Bonds' chances of out-hitting Carlos Pena.


League average OPS is .708 right now...I know its a different offensive environment, but I still kinda like Bonds' chances of out-hitting a lot of people if you give him 50 AB's to get back into it.
   4. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: June 18, 2014 at 09:56 AM (#4729135)
I would hope that Ryan Howard is available for trinkets on the $. Jonathan Singleton is ready to play every day in the majors. Oh wait... :(
   5. stanmvp48 Posted: June 18, 2014 at 10:03 AM (#4729141)
Barry turns 50 next month. How old does that make me?
   6. Dan Lee tips his cap respectfully to JackVincennes Posted: June 18, 2014 at 10:06 AM (#4729142)
they'd been going with Brad Snyder and Donnie Murphy at first base for the past week or so
Brad Snyder?!? THAT Brad Snyder?!?

*checks bb-ref*

Yep..THAT Brad Snyder. Indians first-round pick out of college 11 years ago, had 36 career AB before this season. I genuinely had no idea he was still playing baseball. Good for him.
   7. Greg Pope thinks the Cubs are reeking havoc Posted: June 18, 2014 at 10:10 AM (#4729148)
Wouldn't Kendrys Morales have been the perfect signing for the Rangers? I know Moreland got hurt right after Morales signed with the Twins, but I didn't think the Rangers should have let Moreland's presence stand in their way at the time.
   8. Nasty Nate Posted: June 18, 2014 at 10:12 AM (#4729150)
It's been 16 years since the first time they signed him.
   9. The Good Face Posted: June 18, 2014 at 10:15 AM (#4729152)
Wouldn't Kendrys Morales have been the perfect signing for the Rangers? I know Moreland got hurt right after Morales signed with the Twins, but I didn't think the Rangers should have let Moreland's presence stand in their way at the time.


Pretty sure Texas is leaning more towards being sellers (or standing pat and hoping for better health next year) than buyers. The record is respectable, but their run differential is dreadful; they're not a good team and they have very little realistic shot at a playoff slot.
   10. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 18, 2014 at 10:27 AM (#4729161)
I can't be the only one hoping for Julio Franco's triumphant return to Texas.
   11. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: June 18, 2014 at 10:39 AM (#4729174)
Barry turns 50 next month. How old does that make me?


Is this a reading problem from 4th-grade math?
   12. BDC Posted: June 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM (#4729256)
standing pat and hoping for better health next year

Jon Daniels has been quoted as saying that's his position – also that anything can still happen this year, which for a ~.500 team in a 5th-wild-card chase is certainly reasonable, whatever their true talent. But their pitching in particular has been Godawful and it's hard to know where help is coming from longterm on that score. I guess a bunch of teams can say the same.
   13. The Good Face Posted: June 18, 2014 at 12:01 PM (#4729293)
Jon Daniels has been quoted as saying that's his position – also that anything can still happen this year, which for a ~.500 team in a 5th-wild-card chase is certainly reasonable, whatever their true talent. But their pitching in particular has been Godawful and it's hard to know where help is coming from longterm on that score. I guess a bunch of teams can say the same.


It's probably the most sensible move. On paper, they looked like a pretty strong team going into 2014, and the injury situation next year can't be any worse. I'd still probably sell on at least a couple guys (Rios, Cotts) though.
   14. Astroenteritis Posted: June 18, 2014 at 01:07 PM (#4729408)
I'm just glad the Astros aren't still trotting him out there. Man, the Rangers have been bitten by a whole plane full of snakes this year.
   15. Johnny Sycophant-Laden Fora Posted: June 18, 2014 at 01:27 PM (#4729447)
Brad Snyder?!? THAT Brad Snyder?!?

*checks bb-ref*


He's the living embodiment of the concept of the AAAA slugger
   16. formerly dp Posted: June 18, 2014 at 01:47 PM (#4729467)
This feels like the Mets playing Bobby Abreau regularly, but the Mets didn't need a spate of injuries to make that happen, only poor planning. Hasn't Endy Chavez been getting regular playing time for the Mariners in the last month or so?
   17. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: June 18, 2014 at 02:35 PM (#4729550)
The Giants have a .150/.300/.350 hitter on their roster, but he's more useful because he's a pretty good 2B and not a disaster at SS.
   18. Walt Davis Posted: June 18, 2014 at 06:31 PM (#4729962)
Is Mitch Moreland succumbing to the Curse of Mitch Moreland a sign of the apocalypse? Or the sort of singularity that generates a black hole?
   19. Walt Davis Posted: June 18, 2014 at 06:41 PM (#4729975)
The Giants have a .150/.300/.350 hitter on their roster, but he's more useful because he's a pretty good 2B and not a disaster at SS.

Looks like his days are numbered. Still average overall for the season but the OPS+ is down to 82 and over the last 1.5 months the power hasn't been there -- 156/268/266 -- and just 3 HR in 150 PA.

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