Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Cubs Acquire 1st Baseman

The Chicago Cubs agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent first baseman Carlos Pena, the team announced.

The deal is for $10 million, according to a source.

Pena had a star-crossed season in 2010, hitting 28 home runs with 84 RBIs but hitting a career-low .196 and striking out 158 times in 484 at-bats.

Pena, who has a reputation as being a good clubhouse presence, solves two problems for the Cubs: He gives them a left-handed power presence in the lineup next to Aramis Ramirez, and he is a Gold Glove-caliber first baseman.

According to a physical report, the 33-year-old Pena, who had plantar fasciitis last season, has recovered from the condition.

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