The Tampa Bay Rays are “deep” in conversations with free-agent first baseman Carlos Pena, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports.
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Pena hit .225/.357/.463 with 28 home runs and 80 RBI last season in his first year with the Chicago Cubs. The Rays, who recently signed Luke Scott as a potential designated hitter, are looking for a power hitting bat that can play first base. Some believe Pena, who has previously won a Gold Glove at first base, would be a perfect fit. The 2009 All-Star made $9.9 million in a one-year deal with Chicago last season. The Rays, Cleveland Indians, and New York Yankees have all expressed interest in the slugger. Over the course of his 11-year career he has averaged 34 home runs and 96 RBI per 162 games.