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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.

2009 ZiPS Projection - Wily Mo Pena
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Period       AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
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Year-to-Date   0   0   0   0 0   0   0   0   0   0 .000 .000 .000  
Rest-of-Yr   240 26   61 11 1   9 25 18 70   2 .254 .312 .421
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Total       240 26   61 11 1   9 25 18 70   2 .254 .312 .421
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Year-to-date and totals include minor-league translations, if applicable

 

Dan Szymborski Posted: April 21, 2009 at 06:15 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Darnell McDonald had a farm Posted: April 21, 2009 at 08:28 PM (#3146893)
It's not a Coomer
   2. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: April 21, 2009 at 10:35 PM (#3147001)
I wonder if Pena coul learn to play first base. Maybe he'd be better there than in the field.
   3. phoenixscienter Posted: April 22, 2009 at 01:08 AM (#3147268)
Was there ever a TO writeup for the Braves' signings of Lowe and Kawakami?
   4. ekogan Posted: April 22, 2009 at 03:59 AM (#3147567)
Bronson Arroyo for Wily Mo Pena - Theo's worst trade? Off the top of my head, yes.
   5. ekogan Posted: April 22, 2009 at 04:15 AM (#3147573)
It was probably a 4 win downgrade for the Sox in 2006, which wouldn't have pushed them into the playoffs unless you also wishcast for Josh Bard's career year to happen in Boston and Manny not malingering after Boston fell out of the pennant race. But what really sets it apart is the pure d1ckishness of trading Bronson Arroyo after he signed a below-market contract in the offseason because he liked Boston so much.
   6. DaMick knows what love is. A Boy Loves His Dog. Posted: April 22, 2009 at 12:56 PM (#3147690)
I hope this isn't against the rules, but here is a quote from Stephen Goldman on the Pinstriped Bible:

"The Mets signed Wily Mo Pena. If he makes it up to the big club, it will be interesting to see him wandering about in Citi's big outfield. Imagine the Hebrews in the desert, with more grass and less sand."
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 22, 2009 at 01:05 PM (#3147701)
If only you got extra runs for "home run distance", he would be a very valuable player.
   8. Golfing Great Mitch Cumstein Posted: April 22, 2009 at 05:26 PM (#3148057)
I wonder if Pena coul learn to play first base. Maybe he'd be better there than in the field.

I'm pretty sure the Red Sox tried in spring of '07.

unless you also wishcast for Josh Bard's career year to happen in Boston and Manny not malingering after Boston fell out of the pennant race.

Manny malingered only after the Sox fell out, though. He was a monster in the home series in which the Red Sox got swept after learning about Ortiz's heart trouble.
   9. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: April 24, 2009 at 09:49 PM (#3151201)
Wow - Wily Mo played center field as recently as 2007.
   10. The District Attorney Posted: April 24, 2009 at 10:05 PM (#3151215)
Actually, a lot of people who have seen him regularly have said he's better in CF than the corners, for whatever reason. (And indeed, Strat-O-Matic rated him that way in 2005.)
   11. ekogan Posted: April 25, 2009 at 02:35 PM (#3151988)
he's better in CF than the corners

Because he gets confused by the curling ball flightpaths in the corners and takes bad routes, which he does less in CF.
Einstein he's not.

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