The MLB National League and your NL Only fantasy baseball league got some power back last night as former Tampa Bay Ray Carlos Pena signed a one year $10 million dollar deal with the Chicago Cubs. Pena, coming off a decent power year hit .196, 28HR, 84RBI, 64R & 5SB for the Rays in 2010. The previous two years in 2008 and 2009, Pena hit 30HR+ along with 100RBI+, great power numbers, but Pena followed that up by hitting .227 in 2009 and .247 in 2008. In fact, Pena hasn't had a decent average since his monster year in 2007 where he hit .282 with 46HR and 121RBI.
I would view Pena as a player who replaces Mark Reynolds, a corner infield bat with pop and by going to Wrigley could mean a few more HR's. I think Pena is definitely capable of going 30HR & 100RBI next year but odds are it will be done with a poor batting average. I would think he will do better than the .196 from 2010 but figure a batting average somewhere between .230 - .240.
NL King - C.Lizza