The Cubs have signed Carlos Pena to fill their open first base job.
While I should be excited that the Wee Bears paid a player who hit .196 last season $10 million for one year, I was really hoping the Cubs would have been the winning bidder for Adam Dunn.
Dunn got a four-year deal from the crosstown White Sox. But he would have looked really nice plugging up first base for three more years if Albert Pujols hit free agency in 2012. Of course the Cubs could have moved Dunn to right field to make room for The Mang. But if they did, they would have a pair of outfield cornermen who make Lance Berkman look like Roberto Clemente.
A career .241 hitter, Pena collects home runs in bunches -- his 28 last season were the least he's hit in the last four years with 46 being the high water mark. He also collects strikeouts in bunches with 142 or more in each of the last four seasons. Pena's average has been disturbingly trending down in recent years. He hit .282 in 2007, .247 in 2008, .227 in 2009 and the previously mentioned .198 last season in 484 at bats.
Maybe Cubs are hoping the former Texas, Detroit, Boston and Tampa Bay player will benefit from a change of scenery to the National League.