Earlier today, Carlos Pena appeared on “Power Alley,” hosted by Kevin Kennedy and Jim Duquette on MLB Network Radio. Once we fought through all the butt-kissing provided by Kennedy, we heard a player that sounds very willing to sign with a new team…
On free agency:
Surprisingly I am extremely calm about it…My focus right now is to make sure I am ok. I am focused on my workouts and being healthy…That is the most important focus. To make sure I am better and ready to play…The only thing I am going to concern myself with is my well-being and to make sure wherever I go they will get the best I got.
On where he wants to play next year:
I can’t stress how important it is to be on a team where I am wanted.
On the possibility of re-signing with the Rays:
It is no secret how much Tampa Bay means to me. How much this team has helped me grow. I feel like I have grown. This team is like home to me…The ball is in their court. But I am keeping my mind open to new possibilities. I must be flexible and do what is best for me. Tampa is always going to be a special place. My growth as a player and a professional is owed to the Tampa Bay Rays. [However] sometimes [the future] may not be what I want it to be. And I am excited about the new possibilities out there for me.
Obviously Pena must say all the right things in free agency. And that includes not shutting the door on any possibilities. But just listening to Pena’s tone of voice, and it sure sounded like he has accepted that re-signing with the Rays is not likely.