This is just speculation on the part of Adam Kilgore, but he wonders if Carlos Pena would be a good fit for the Nationals…
Rays first baseman Carlos Pena, whom the Nationals could be interested in as a potential replacement for [Adam] Dunn, is a Type B free agent. The Nats would not lose a draft pick if they end up signing him, even if the Rays offer Pena arbitration. Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff — another potential replacement for Dunn — is also a Type B free agent.
Before the season, we just assumed Pena wasn’t going to be back in 2011. But his poor offensive showing this season may have priced him right back within the budgetary restraints of the Rays. Of course, the problem with that is that Pena is also now within the budgetary constraints of a lot of teams.
And of the Rays free agents, Pena is one the Rays may be very interested in re-signing. If he does leave, who plays first base in 2011? Cuban defector Leslie Anderson was not even called up in September which indicates the Rays don’t think he is ready. Dan Johnson could get a look, but he would need a platoon partner.
That leaves Ben Zobrist. With guys like Matt Joyce and Sean Rodriguez available to play right field and second base, Zobrist could become at least a part-time first baseman..