Position: 1st base
Batting Order Position: 4th?
2011 Opening Day Age: 32
Uniform Number: He's been #23 the last 3 years, so he'll need to find a new one.
Has he ever autographed a taco?: Yes.
According to the Chicago Tribune, it is the strangest thing he has ever autographed. I don't want to know what one does with an autographed taco. Do you use a Sharpie for that? Sour cream?
Will he be able to fix Zambrano's computer when he gets a virus?: Probably.
He apparently studied computer engineering at Northeastern University in Boston.
Baseball-Reference.com's Most Similar Batter: Dick Stuart
Baseball-Reference.com's Most Similar Batters That You May Have Heard Of: Glenn Davis, Rob Deer, Pete Incaviglia, Adam LaRoche
Why We Might Like Him:
- He can hit lots of homeruns - he tied for the AL homerun title in 2009.
- The National League might agree with him. He has a batting line of .259/.371/.526/.897 against the NL over his career.
- He seems to be a genuinely good guy. He was the Roberto Clemente Award nominee from the Rays in 2008.
- He actually hits well in April - .247/.379/.481/.859
- He did not get a multi-year deal.
- He will strike out many, many times.
- His batting average will be crappy.
- He does not hit well in September or October - .122/.258/.232/.489
What Cubs Blogosphere Thinks of Him:
- Another Cubs Blog - "The Cubs got a good deal here, which isn't too surprising considering Pena's 2010 season. Some of the $10 million is deferred, but I'm not sure how much and when it will be paid. That makes $10 million overall worth less than $10 million right now of course so that's always a good thing. It's pretty sad that the Cubs have to defer money, but whatever."
- Cubbie Doctor's Examiner - "You’re telling me that Jim Hendry couldn’t find a better option for $10 million?If that’s the case, Tom Ricketts should go down to Orlando right now and in front of everyone give Hendry his pink slip and then kick his ass out the door."
- Cubs Stats - "I like Pena. Over at DRaysBay, we've joked for several years now that Carlos leads the team in :)% -- partly because he's a constant optimist and a funny guy, and partly because he gave us many reasons to smile. At the same time, though, he's approaching the finish of his career and he's extra weak against lefties. The dramatic infield shift the teams in the AL East used helped crush Pena's batting average and reduce his on-base abilities. If teams don't do shift on him, if the NL Central ends up having a weak crop of left-handed pitchers in 2011 (which they do right now), if wind in Wrigley smiles on Pena's towering fly balls, and if last year was more happenstance and less omen, then Carlos Pena at $10M is a great signing."