Rangers sign Carlos Pena to minor-league contract

Posted Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

Seeking help at a position that has been decimated by injuries, the Texas Rangers on Tuesday signed free agent first baseman Carlos Pena to a minor-league contract.

The Rangers said that Pena was report to Triple A Round Rock either Tuesday or Wednesday, but he was given no guarantees when or if he will be promoted to the majors.

After losing Prince Fielder (neck) and Mitch Moreland (ankle) for the season, as well as first-base candidates Kevin Kouzmanoff (back) and Jim Adduci (finger), the Rangers have used Brad Snyder and Donnie Murphy at first base.

Neither had played the position until this month.

“We’ve got four first basemen on the DL,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “We’ll bring him in to hopefully help the Round Rock club and maybe become an option for us down the line.”

Pena hasn’t played since spring training, but has been working out in Florida and last week worked out at the Rangers’ spring training facility in Arizona.

“He’s not an option in the short-term,” Daniels said.

Pena, who was originally drafted by the Rangers in first round of the 1998 draft, hasn’t played in the majors since September and played only 89 games last year with Houston and Kansas City.

Pena is a left-handed hitter with 285 career homers but a .233 career average and 1,566 strikeouts in 13 seasons. He played in spring training with the Angels, batting .139 (5 for 26) with no homers and two RBIs before he was released March 23.

“He can play first base,” manager Ron Washington said. “He’s always been a swing-and-miss guy, but he’s also been able to catch some stuff.”

Pena can opt out of his contract Aug. 1.

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?

Friday, September 19Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard
Week 3Full Scoreboard
Tampa Bay14Final | Box
Atlanta «56Gridiron Replay
San Diego 1:00 PM ET
Buffalo TV: CBS
Tennessee 1:00 PM ET
Cincinnati TV: CBS
Baltimore 1:00 PM ET
Cleveland TV: CBS
Green Bay 1:00 PM ET
Detroit TV: FOX
Indianapolis 1:00 PM ET
Jacksonville TV: CBS
Oakland 1:00 PM ET
New England TV: CBS
Minnesota 1:00 PM ET
New Orleans TV: FOX
Houston 1:00 PM ET
NY Giants TV: CBS
Washington 1:00 PM ET
Philadelphia TV: FOX
Dallas 1:00 PM ET
St. Louis TV: FOX
San Francisco 4:05 PM ET
Arizona TV: FOX
Kansas City 4:25 PM ET
Miami TV: CBS
Denver 4:25 PM ET
Seattle TV: CBS
Pittsburgh 8:30 PM ET
Carolina TV: NBC
Chicago 8:30 PM ET
Full Scoreboard
Friday, September 19Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard