Carlos Pena’s days with the Rays are officially over. Ken Rosenthal, who apparently never sleeps, reported at 3:00 this morning that Pena has agreed on a contract with the Cubs. The deal is for one-year and $10 million.

The deal comes on the heels of Scott Boras’ second meeting with the Cubs last night. That meeting included Greg Maddux, a former Boras client, who was employed to help recruit Pena.


  • Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun says Nolan Reimold is not going to be traded. Several others have reported that the deal is now dead. [Twitter]
  • Jon Heyman says the Rays could keep Jason Bartlett in 2011. If they did, there is a good chance he would be the highest paid player on the 2011 roster. [Twitter]
  • WEEI is reporting that the Red Sox “have not ruled out” signing Carl Crawford. [WEEI]
  • Jon Morosi says the Tigers are not “involved” in the Carl Crawford sweepstakes at his current asking price. [Twitter]
  • Anybody anxious to see

    Mark Hendrickson back in a Rays uniform? Jon Morosi says the Rays and Mariners are looking at Hendrickson as a relief pitcher. [Twitter]
  • Jon Morosi says the Rays are one of two teams interested in relief pitchers Jeremy Accardo who made five appearances with the Blue Jays last season. [Twitter]
  • Bill Chastain reports that the Rays are one of seven clubs that have shown interest in Rich Harden. []
  • Joaquin Benoit was named this year’s recipient of the Tony Conigliaro Award. []
  • Joe Sherman says the Rays have hired former pitching coach Dave Eiland to join their front office. [Twitter]




  1. Charles says:

    Man, best of luck to Carlos Pena. The guy was a class act and I hope he does well in the NL.

    Mark Hendrickson, to paraphrase Dennis Green, is who we think he is - a mediocre at best pitcher whether he's starting or relieving. His mainstream stats are not good and his peripherals are not good. I think there are other guys who could be had for the same or lower price that I'd much rather see here.

  2. MJ says:

    I have been thinking what Jon Heyman has said. So many people (mainly here) have said it is 100% certain Bart will be traded. I don't think the Rays are going to just dump him for some scrub middle reliever. If its a multiplayer return, then perhaps, but it doesn't seem like the teams that are interested in Bart have that one middle reliever that would match up value wise one-for-one. Like any other move they make, it'll take the right price. I doubt they just make him a salary dump. He may have more value come the trade deadline this year.

  3. Wow. 10 million for Pena? There was no way he was signing for 1 year here, but he should do well in Chicago. He replaces Derek Lee who was a similar player - great fielder w/ solid offensive numbers.

    • MJ says:

      Yea, seems like a pretty good deal for Pena. If he has a solid bounce back year, he is set for a nice multi year contract.

  4. Matt says:

    Maybe eiland can help us beat the yanks!

  5. Don says:

    OH HAPPY if we could work a deal to dump BJ....
    That would be 300 less strike outs I would have to sit thru in 2011....I'd settle for a guy who could hit a pop fly to the outfield with men on base...are you listening Santa...

    Borass you ARE the best...$10mil for an over the hill, strike out artist... works out to 1/2 Mil $ a home run....You are the MAN..

    • Scot says:

      Don, hate to admit it, but you are correct. 10 Million for near replacement level production and performance getting worse annually - simply amazing. (Who cares about strikeouts when you can't get on base.) But then again, we are talking about the Cubs. Alfonso anyone???

      Think Boras would negotiate my next salary letter?

  6. Screw you Sternberg! The guy said he wanted to stay and you wouldn't even give him the time of day.

    • Beth says:

      You would seriously want to pay $10 million for Pena in 2011? One-sixth of the payroll? If that's really his market value, wise to let him go.

      And if does well for the Cubs, how long before our friend Don, above, starts criticizing the Rays for letting him go?

      • Don says:

        Don will NEVER criticize Rays management for letting Pena go... But I would have done it in 2009 when he could have been worth something....
        I tell you what will be interesting...IF he goes to Chicago and hits .250...Don WILL be criticizing Rays COACHING again....
        for players improving AFTER leaving....(still wouldn't want him)
        Stay tuned....Pena over and under 150 strikes out...a cinch bet!

  7. stunna says:

    $10 million is a bit much, but good luck to Pena in Chicago. Mark Hendrickson? What, Nick Bierbrodt wasn't available? Why don't we bring back Steve Cox and Brent Abernathy while we're at it. What's Ryan Rupe up to these days, his arm has got to be fresh!


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