Yankees Looking For Hitting, Carlos Pena On “Radar”

Now that the Yankees have addressed their pitching issues with two major transactions, the club is looking to add some offense, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.comCarlos Pena is "now on their radar," and Heyman says the Bronx Bombers could be looking at other hitters as well.

Pena, a Scott Boras client, hit .225/.357/.462 with 28 homers for the Cubs last season.  He has been linked the Rays and Indians this winter, though overall it's been a fairly quiet offseason for the free agent slugger due to the presence of Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder in the free agent first base market.  If he signed with New York, Pena would become the team's primary designated hitter, with Alex Rodriguez or Andruw Jones getting the occasional start at DH when the Yankees faced a left-hander.  The Yankees put in a waiver claim on Pena in August but the Cubs pulled him back.


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118 Comments on "Yankees Looking For Hitting, Carlos Pena On “Radar”"


3 years 6 months ago

Isn’t Pena a better fielder than Teixera?

notsureifsrs
3 years 6 months ago

nope

3 years 6 months ago

Not by a long shot. 

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

awkward. 

3 years 6 months ago

Pena is a good defensive player, but Tex is a freaking cat at first base.

RedEyedDream
3 years 6 months ago

Teixeira is one of the best fielding first basemen of this generation. He probably saves the infielders well over 20 errors a season. Plus his glove is like adhesive, he can nab almost any ball hit down the line, or on the 1B side of the hole between 1st and 2nd. He also has a nack for catching foul pop ups closer to the right fielder than catcher. 

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

I’m hearing AJ Burnett for Adam Dunn straight up. 

MB923
3 years 6 months ago

I hope you’re hearing wrong

YanksFanSince78
3 years 6 months ago

I would do that deal, especially if we can get the Sox to throw in some cash. $12 mil for Dunn in 2012 vs $16.5 for AJ helps us save some money for 2012. I think Dunn will do better with Kevin Long to help.

fxx3605
3 years 6 months ago

id keep him ajs contract is almost up, its easier to get a carlos pena type for dh for now than get dunn for another 3(4?) years/ we dont need that much offense/ while the bs can be called up id rather they not be rushed in case of a pitcher getting hurt and time to time aj can suprise you

YanksFanSince78
3 years 6 months ago

Yanks have lots of depth at AAA as Warren, Phelps and Mitchell all pitched the entire 2011 season there. I can’t imagine any of those three couldn’t produce a sub 5 ERA.

hardcoreforhardcore
3 years 6 months ago

I know Dunn was flat out awful last season, but in the Yanks’ lineup and in that park…sheesh. I could see a massive bounceback. Granted, I doubt this would ever happen but I would be on board.

wrestlingcritic
3 years 6 months ago

that would be a god awful trade for the yankees

3 years 6 months ago

nah i dont think so. burnett has been struggling for 2 years now, dunn only 1. plus burnett makes more $ than dunn. maybe a young player or low end prospect along with burnett will do it, but not straight up. also, if both of them were on their primes, dunn obviously is more valuable than burnett, so again, no.

Too Many Idiots
3 years 6 months ago

You’re “hearing” as in you heard this on some fan site from people playing GM.

Too Many Idiots
3 years 6 months ago

You’re “hearing” as in you heard this on some fan site from people playing GM.

3 years 6 months ago

50 hrs in YS3 with a .200 batting average

shockey12
3 years 6 months ago

He would be a monster pulling balls into right field in Yankee stadium

fxx3605
3 years 6 months ago

first they trade a hitter for a pitcher sign another pitcher now they want another hitter! these people need to make up there minds /s/

3 years 6 months ago

lol clearly u dont understand what baseball is about

fxx3605
3 years 6 months ago

and clearly you dont know what /s/ means

3 years 6 months ago

im guessin /s/ means sarcasm lol

3 years 6 months ago

Great pickup if they get him. Buy low. 

3 years 6 months ago

Source liar?

MB923
3 years 6 months ago

Thumbs up to anyone who 3+ hours ago would have predicted a headline saying the Yankees are looking for hitting.

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

yeah, that reminds me, I think I put a grilled cheese in the oven about 3 hours ago..

coreif
3 years 6 months ago

Mte, I was all set to watch a movie and relax tonight. Now all this has taken up quite a lot of my time.

wickedkevin
3 years 6 months ago

No Bernie Williams!  They don’t want you!

jjs91
3 years 6 months ago

I like matsui or damon better easier to sit, and give players half a day off i feel pena would want to play everyday

3 years 6 months ago

i wouldnt mind seein one of those two back in pinstripes for a year. Matsui needs to retire where he started. and Damon even at his age is a beast and a big clutch hitter. that was the yanks problem in the post season. guys on base but could not bring them in to score. hopefully long can fix pena. btw wasnt this the same carlos pena that billy beane traded back in 02? may be wrong.

wickedkevin
3 years 6 months ago

Still available!

phoenix2042
3 years 6 months ago

Pena’s defense is wasted at DH.  He is good in the field.  They should sign a more DH only guy like Matsui or Johnny Damon…

3 years 6 months ago

Would love Damon back.

slider32
3 years 6 months ago

Burnett minus 4 million for 2 years and Hughes for Hanley Rimirez.

GriffeyandSizemore
3 years 6 months ago

favorite post of the week.

leachim2
3 years 6 months ago

Try out for the comedy club bro.

JacksTigers
3 years 6 months ago

I choked on my own tongue after reading this.

3 years 6 months ago

wow, u shouldve applied for the gm job the red sox had vacant

MetsMagic
3 years 6 months ago

I…I…don’t even…

Too Many Idiots
3 years 6 months ago

What defense?  He’s rated below average replacement player level!

notsureifsrs
3 years 6 months ago

if either of those players were as talented offensively as pena that would make sense. but they aren’t

YanksFanSince78
3 years 6 months ago

I think that’s a horrible idea. Matsui and Damon are good guys but their time with the Yanks has passed. 

28 hrs and a 16% walk rate? I’ll take that.

sdsny
3 years 6 months ago

That 16% walk rate also comes with like an 80% K rate…

YanksFanSince78
3 years 6 months ago

more like 26% but ok? and? his ISO was still top 20 in the majors and in that ballpark and in that lineup he might be better.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 6 months ago

Why in the world would Pena’s defense being a negative and make Matsui or Damon a better option? Pena, even with the off year he had, still had a better OPS than either of them, hit more hrs than either of them and had a higher walk % than both combined.

chris_synan1
3 years 6 months ago

he hits like 70 home runs with a .100 average

coreif
3 years 6 months ago

There are only a few scenarios that would take off the blow I felt from losing Montero. Carlos Pena, Hideki Matsui, and Johnny Damon are not any of them.
However, these would be somewhat more pleasurable:
1. Sign Cespedes. Swisher DHs
2. Sign Fielder short term.
3. Burnett for Dunn.

Too Many Idiots
3 years 6 months ago

Cespedes?  You’re really impressed with Youtube videos and jumping over boxes.

3 years 6 months ago

Cody Ransom knew how to jump over boxes

coreif
3 years 6 months ago

Actually, I barely watched 3 minutes of it.

wickedkevin
3 years 6 months ago

Is this Nelson?

JacksTigers
3 years 6 months ago

This is why people are annoyed by Yankee fans.

3 years 6 months ago

cespedes wasnt he the one who went 0-3 in the DR league the other night? the guy cant even hit a curveball. yeah id pass on him. especially for the contract he wants.

JacksTigers
3 years 6 months ago

It is no surprise that you are a fan and not a GM when you are judging a player on one game. Alex Avila struck out three times on Opening Day. He must be awful.

Piro Espinal
3 years 6 months ago

i saw Cespedes play in the dominican winter league yesterday and he looks too vulnerable to the slider. He had 4 PA 3 K’s 1 HBP. He struck out 3 times swinging at a slider. I think he needs to go to the minors first.

dunagan_josh
3 years 6 months ago

The Yankees should get prince fielder or Damon or matsui do not mess around with Carlos Pena

stl_cards16
3 years 6 months ago

Pena is just a cover up to speak to Boras about the real hitter they want. They will be in on Fielder soon.

3 years 6 months ago

i wouldnt be surprised if they are. but being in on a guy and actually getting him is two different things.

Freddie G
3 years 6 months ago

Damon is 37, that ship has sailed

Snoochies8
3 years 6 months ago

Why?

3 years 6 months ago

Magglio Ordenez and Vlad are still available too……..just saying, rather Pena honestly, but someone with pop.

Hayden "The Nomad" Miller
3 years 6 months ago

No… this is stupid. The yankees have plenty of low average big power type hitters, plus it makes so much more sense to just keep the DH spot open for rotating old people.