Wily Mo Pena is staying in Japan


Early in the offseason there was speculation that Wily Mo Pena could be headed back to MLB after turning his career around in Japan, but now MLB Trade Rumors reports that he’s agreed to a one-year deal with the Rakuten Eagles.

Pena once looked like a potential star for the Reds and Red Sox, but then washed out by age 26. Last season, at age 32, he hit .255 with 32 homers in 140 games for the Orix Buffaloes in Japan.

Despite plenty of teams being hungry for right-handed power, apparently none felt Pena was worth investing a guaranteed contract and a 40-man roster spot.