CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 15: Carlos Pena #22 of the Chicago Cubs follows through on a two-run homer in the first inning during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on September 15, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Earlier today, the Tampa Bay Rays signed first base slugger Carlos Pena to a one-year $7.25M contract. It's a big chunk of money for the Rays, but the general consensus is that it's a solid move nonetheless, as they bolstered their lineup. Let's take a look at the reactions from around the web:
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"Pinch me, I think I'm dreaming. I was hoping against hope that the Tampa Bay Rays would bring back Carlos Pena, and now that it's finally happened, I can barely collect my thoughts and put them into coherent sentences."
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"Carlos Pena has filled the first base role admirably for the Rays under Andrew Friedman and should be counted on to do so again after a resurgent season at the friendly confines in Chicago."
"A $7.25 million contract is a lot for a Tampa Bay team that’s normally beyond budget conscious. However, the addition allows them to boast one of the better lineups in the league against right handed pitching."
"The move is a solid one for the Rays, who regain the big bat in the middle of their order that they were lacking last season."