Courtesy of SI.com

Blue Jays “Interested” In Carlos Pena


This sounds like exactly the type of move that Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos was talking about on Friday when he said that virtually all reports of the Jays being interested in a player have been false.

The Winter Meetings are a different environment for trade talk though, as they provide plenty of opportunities for reporters to leak news because of all of the face-to-face discussions that take place.

How many websites reported the Jays were interested in Rajai Davis, Carlos Villanueva, and Brett Lawrie? There was no “rumor stage” of the news, it just went straight to reporting that the Jays had made a trade.

That being said, MLB Trade Rumors reported about 15 minutes ago that the Toronto Blue Jays are “in hard” for Carlos Pena.

Pena, 32, is coming off the worst season of his career where he posted a .196/.325/.407 line in 144 games for the Tampa Bay Rays. While he did manage to clobber 28 home runs and 84 RBI, he struck out 158 times.

One season removed from a 39 HR, 100 RBI campaign in 2009, Pena’s batting average and on-base percentage have declined in each of the last four seasons, and he has struck out at least 23% of the time in every season since 2004.

The 6’2”, 225-pound native of the Dominican Republic is a Scott Boras client, and it would be interesting to see what kind of contract he would be seeking.

Pena is a definite power threat at the plate, and perhaps the tutelage of Dwayne Murphy regarding the “wait for the pitcher to make his mistake of the at-bat and capitalize” philosophy could help Pena in 2011 if he was in a Blue Jays uniform.

The Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs have also been reported as having heavy interest in the free-swinging Pena.

-JM

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Tags: Brett Lawrie Carlos Pena Carlos Villanueva Chicago Cubs Rajai Davis Tampa Bay Rays Washington Nationals

  • Mat Germain

    You took the words right out of my mouth with the “Pena is a definite power threat at the plate, and perhaps the tutelage of Dwayne Murphy regarding the “wait for the pitcher to make his mistake of the at-bat and capitalize” philosophy could help Pena in 2011 if he was in a Blue Jays uniform” line.

    Personally, I’d think that the Jays would first have a lot more interest in a guy like Paul Konerko than Carlos Pena. Even Derek Lee may be a better fit in Toronto than Carlos because he wouldn’t be looking for the years that Carlos will demand.

    Overall, with Alex Anthopolous saying that he’s not going to be a big player on the FA market, I’d say that this is an unlikely event despite the rumors. It’s possible, just not likely. The one more minor move the Jays are looking at – with evidence to track since they looked at his medical records – is Russell Martin who would fit the whole “buy low” theory and wouldn’t cost too much. He and JP Arencibia could swap as DH candidates when necessary, and Russell can work on manning 3B. That’s the one FA deal, along with Matt Guerrier, that I could see the Jays making this week.

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