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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Mets - Signed Pena
New York Mets - Signed OF Willy Mo Pena to a minor-league contract.
Why Willy? You only get to be “Wily Mo” if you’re going to actually pronounce that utter coolness that is “Wily Mo” on a regular basis. “Willy Mo” sounds like the name of a dirt farmer with stacks of old Ballantine Beer cans on his shootin’ truck parked on the lawn. Wily Mo? Wile E. Coyote’s older, competent brother who feasts on game birds and port all year ‘round.
Pena has had an interesting career curve, being a useful player at 22 and just hanging onto his professional career at age 27. Whether it’s the Dominican Republic Birth Certficate© or the weight he’s put on (Pena is still listed at 6’3” 215 on B-R!), Pena’s pretty much reached the nadir of his career. This isn’t even one of those minor league contracts where one expects the major leaguer to be called up as soon as he’s in shape, as Pena’s probably going to be pretty low on the depth chart in Buffalo.
There’s still time for Pena to turn his career around, but he’s not really even a suitable role player at this point. Even if he can’t be a suitable regular, Pena either needs to be able to play defense or crush lefties to deserve a major-league contract at this point. The former seems unlikely and as for the latter, Pena has even more trouble making contact against lefties for some reason (and a wacky 76 point $H differential as a result), so he can’t just go and be Ron Coomer.
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