Cubs Close To One-Year Deal With Pena

This post was originally published on Dec. 8, 2010.

The Cubs are closing in on a one-year deal with Carlos Pena, writes's Carrie Muskat. She adds, via Twitter, that the deal is believed to be for $10MM.

Pena, 33 next May, saw his average slip below the Mendoza Line in 2010, totaling a line of .196/.325/.407. While the average and strikeout rate (32.6%) are concerns, Pena still managed to hit 28 home runs. That he managed a .325 OBP with a sub-.200 average speaks well to his plate discipline (14.9 BB%), and his average was unquestionably deflated by a career-low .222 BABIP.

Earlier, it was believed that Pena and agent Scott Boras were looking for a two- or three-year deal, which would be unsurprising in what's shaping up to be a players' market.

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