Carlos Pena's future as a Detroit Tigers first baseman is no more, or less, certain this week than it was when spring training convened a month ago. Various reports have suggested Pena will be released Thursday, the final day players under contract for 2006 can be jettisoned for one-sixth of the salary owed them. -- Detroit News
Carlos Pena is not coming to Cincinnati, that is not why Thursday is a big day.
Thursday is a day that can be a benefit to the Reds and either Eric Milton, Tony Womack, or whomever they feel necessary to cut. The dollars will not be as hurtful, if the cut is done on Thursday.
In reality, nothing is going to happen. However, the thought is out there.