Rangers sign veteran slugger Pena to minor-league deal
The Texas Rangers added another possibility in the first-base mix by signing veteran Carlos Pena to a minor-league deal.
Pena, 36, will be active for Triple-A Round Rock Tuesday night.
"With the injuries at first base we had a chance to add a veteran bat to Round Rock’s lineup," Texas general manager Jon Daniels said.
Pena worked out for the club in Arizona before signing.
Pena, who was a first-round pick of the Rangers in 1998, has 285 career homers to go along with a .233 lifetime average. He made his big-league debut for the Rangers in 2001 and has also played for Oakland, Detroit, Boston, Tampa Bay, the Chicago Cubs, Houston and Kansas City. He won a Silver Slugger Award in 2007 and a Gold Glove Award in 2008.
Pena hasn’t played in the majors since September. He was in spring training with the Los Angeles Angels this year but was released March 23.
The Rangers have used four players at first base this season, with Prince Fielder lost for the season because of neck surgery and Mitch Moreland weighing his options with the possibility of season-ending surgery one of them.
Texas is now using the duo of converted outfielder Brad Snyder and utility infielder Donnie Murphy at first.