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Wily Mo Peña seeks return to the majors next season

Pena's power is still there, and the veteran -- currently playing in Japan -- hopes a team will take a chance on him.

Jonathan Ferrey

Wily Mo Peña is looking for a comeback to the majors next season, and three teams are interested, per Tim Dierkes of MLBTradeRumors. The outfielder has been playing in Japan since 2012 for the SoftBank Hawks (2012-2013) and the Orix Buffaloes (2014).

The 32-year old Dominican slugger is hitting .268/.366/.528 with 29 home runs in 411 at-bats for the Hawks this season, ranking second in home runs and fourth in OPS in the Pacific League. In three seasons in the Nippon Professional Baseball league, Peña has hit 51 home runs, and holds an .826 OPS.

Peña played for five teams in the majors -- Cincinnati, Boston, Washington, Arizona, and Seattle. He has a career .250/.303/.445 split stateside. He is known for his massive power, but Peña has shown inconsistencies in overall hitting ability (30.3% career strikeout rate). His light-tower power and Triple-A stats kept giving him chances to blossom in the majors before he eventually signed with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks.

Even though Peña is one of the best power hitters in the Pacific League, his .894 OPS is not an eye-popping number that would guarantee him success in the majors. He still demonstrates the power that earned him a $3.7 million contract as a 17-year old back in 1999 though. And given that there are already three teams interested in his service, he is likely to at least find a minor league deal for 2015 from a team hoping to win a lottery. Here is a compilation of his home runs from this season.