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    Detroit Releases Carlos Pena

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    TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tigers unconditionally released first baseman Carlos Pena on Sunday morning, closing the chapter on the former top prospect's mercurial four-year tenure in Detroit.

    The 27-year-old Pena, acquired midway through the 2002 season in the Jeff Weaver trade that also brought Jeremy Bonderman to Detroit, lost his starting job last June. He was sent to Triple-A Toledo with a .181 batting average. Chris Shelton took his place and soon supplanted him as the first baseman of the present and future.

    Pena's future might've been over at the end of the last season, but a mighty six-week stint salvaged his roster spot and gave the team hope it could get something in return for him. He batted .286 with 15 home runs and 30 RBIs in 38 games after his recall from Triple-A Toledo. He finished the year with a .235 average, 18 homers and 44 RBIs in 79 games.

    Detroit tendered Pena a contract in December and avoided arbitration with a one-year, $2.8 million deal. Prior to that deal, the Tigers had tried to deal him throughout the offseason and that effort had continued this spring, but there had been little interest on the part of other teams.

    Manager Jim Leyland had said he could keep Pena, Shelton and Dmitri Young all on his roster, using Young as a utility infielder and Pena as a left-handed bat off the bench. Even so, having both Pena and Shelton presented roster problems and wouldn't have allowed Leyland to keep more than one utility infielder.

    By releasing Pena before Wednesday, the Tigers owe him 45 days' termination pay, equaling $688,525. Had they released him before March 15, they would have owed him 30 days' pay, or $500,000.
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    Carlos Pena 2005 .235/.325/.477/.802
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    Krivsky, where are you?
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    Re: Detroit Releases Carlos Pena

    Never mind, I didn't read the whole story. So he is basically a free agent and could be signed for anything?

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    Quote Originally Posted by traderumor
    Never mind, I didn't read the whole story. So he is basically a free agent and could be signed for anything?
    yup.
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    Re: Detroit Releases Carlos Pena

    He has always hit better at home, throughout his career average wise but last year he had power too at home. Needless to say at the GAB I could see him hitting .250-.260 with 30-35 HR and maybe 90 RBI. He would be a decent pickup I think and worth holding onto as he gets hot as the season goes on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redsandrails
    Needless to say at the GAB I could see him hitting .250-.260 with 30-35 HR and maybe 90 RBI.
    calm down.
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    Re: Detroit Releases Carlos Pena

    Unless some other team backs up a lot of cash I'd get him and see what happens.
    Go Gators!

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    Re: Detroit Releases Carlos Pena

    I understand he is a really personable kid. He was really struggling last year, was sent to the minors, came back up in mid August and hit 15 homeruns the rest of the way. He might be better off in the National League.
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    Re: Detroit Releases Carlos Pena

    Quote Originally Posted by Spitball
    I understand he is a really personable kid. He was really struggling last year, was sent to the minors, came back up in mid August and hit 15 homeruns the rest of the way. He might be better off in the National League.
    and 15 is highest number of HRs that Hatteberg has hit in any complete season. Hatteberg is Casey minus the batting average and with considerably less power.

    I am completely baffled by the Reds fascination with Hatteberg(poor D no power, low BA and OBP) he brings absolutely other than "knowing how to play the game" and "scrappiness".
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyer85
    and 15 is highest number of HRs that Hatteberg has hit in any complete season. Hatteberg is Casey minus the batting average and with considerably less power.

    I am completely baffled by the Reds fascination with Hatteberg(poor D no power, low BA and OBP) he brings absolutely other than "knowing how to play the game" and "scrappiness".
    "veteran leadership", don't forget that.
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    Re: Detroit Releases Carlos Pena

    Knows how to win too right?
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    Re: Detroit Releases Carlos Pena

    We could save some money by letting him wear Willy Mo's jerseys!!! ;-)
    Let's play two!!!

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    Re: Detroit Releases Carlos Pena

    Quote Originally Posted by Crosley68
    We could save some money by letting him wear Willy Mo's jerseys!!! ;-)

    Might be a bit baggy, though.

    By the way, Pena has been a pretty crappy fielder.
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    Re: Detroit Releases Carlos Pena

    Quote Originally Posted by Spitball
    By the way, Pena has been a pretty crappy fielder.
    are you sure? i've always read he was overrated with the glove but was still above average.
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    Re: Detroit Releases Carlos Pena

    What could the Tigers possibly know about him from a handful of spring training at-bats that they didn't know back in December when they tendered him a contract? Asleep at the switch.

    Unless there's a major undisclosed injury here, this is another example of Dombrowski's decline in Detroit.

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