Chicago Cubs first basemen Carlos Pena has been claimed on waivers by an unknown team, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. The Cubs and the unknown team will have 48 hours to work a trade for the player. If a deal is not agreed upon, the Cubs can pull Pena off waivers. Don't expect the Cubs to give Pena to the claiming team for nothing. He's owed an affordable $1 million for the rest of the season.
In addition, Pena projects as a Type B free agent. Meaning the Cubs can choose to keep the free-agent-to-be and land a supplemental draft pick, if he doesn't sign with the Cubs or accept arbitration. Sometimes players upgrade or downgrade their free agent status when switching likes, like Kelly Johnson did. Pena would lose his Type B status if he were traded to an AL team.
The 33-year-old Pena is hitting .223/.342/.450 with 23 homers in 489 plate appearances this season and should make for a serviceable rental this season.