Earlier this week Carlos Pena was claimed off revocable waivers by the Yankees, but the 48-hour window to work out a trade came and went without a move and the veteran first baseman is happy to remain with the Cubs.
When asked why he wouldn’t want to leave a fifth-place team for a playoff team Pena explained that “something about sticking together really appeals to me” and “this club means a lot to me.”
Not coincidentally, Pena has played for six different teams during his 11-season career, so maybe he’s just sick of moving around.
Of course, as Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune pointed out, Pena could have joined the Yankees for the final six weeks, made a playoff run, and then just re-signed with the Cubs this offseason as a free agent.
The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.
Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.
Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.