The Diamondbacks sign Wily Mo Pena

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It’s kind of fitting that, on the same day, an all-time “what happened to that guy” guy like Andy Marte signed with someone, that another one does too: Wily Mo Pena signed with the Diamondbacks.

It’s a minor league deal with an invite to camp, paying him $675,000.  Given the way he raked in limited play in Portland last year — .324/.390/.556 — he’s definitely worth a shot.  Worst case, you let him go.  Best case: he turns into Carlos Pena redux: a guy who everyone thought could put it together some day, didn’t for a long time, and then finally figured it out later.

I don’t know that I’d bet on it — Carlo Pena always had good plate discipline in his favor whereas Wily Mo doesn’t — but it’s a low risk, high upside proposition.  And he has a better shot at helping his team than Andy Marte does, I’d wager.