ROUND ROCK – The Texas Rangers announced Tuesday the free agent signing of former American League All-Star and Gold Glove first baseman Carlos Pena and assigned him to the Round Rock Express. Pena will be in uniform for Round Rock Tuesday night as the Express kicks off an eight-game homestand at Dell Diamond.
Pena’s career began with Texas 16 years ago as they chose him with the 10th overall pick in the 1998 first-year player draft out of Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. The first rounder made his major league debut with the Rangers in 2001.
From 2002-2005, Pena hit 75 home runs with the Detroit Tigers, where he was a regular starter. However, it wasn’t until he joined the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2007 that his numbers started to skyrocket. Pena batted .282 (138-for-490) with 46 homers and 121 RBI in 2007 to earn American League Silver Slugger honors and be named the AL Comeback Player of the Year.
After earning the AL Gold Glove Award in 2008, Pena was named to the AL All-Star team in 2009. He would go on to hit 39 home runs in his All-Star season, tying fellow first baseman Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees for the league lead.
Pena has spent time with four organizations over the last four seasons, last appearing in the big leagues with the Kansas City Royals in September 2013. In his 13-year major league career, Pena has played for nine different teams, totaling 285 home runs, 816 RBI and 813 walks. He has also struck out 1,566 times.
He signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim this past January, but was released prior to the season on March 23. A corresponding move will be announced later this afternoon to make room on the Express active roster.
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