Carlos Pena is signing with the Rays … to retire

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Veteran first baseman Carlos Pena is calling it a career at age 37 and Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that he will sign a one-day contract with the Rays in order to officially retire as a member of the organization.

Pena had two different stints with the Rays totaling five seasons, during which time he made his lone All-Star team, led the league in home runs once, and posted an .843 OPS in 726 total games.

The practice of signing a one-day contract in order to retire as a member of your old team is typically reserved for upper-echelon stars, but Pena was a good, solid player and certainly ranks among the best hitters in the Rays’ abbreviated team history.

Pena struck out a ton and hit just .232 for his 14-year career, but he still had big all-around value thanks to 30-homer power, 100-walk patience, and outstanding defense at first base.

Dellin Betances to open season on injured list

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman said on Tuesday that reliever Dellin Betances will begin the regular season on the injured list due to inflammation and impingement in his right shoulder, the YES Network’s Jack Curry reports. Curry adds that Betances will try throwing again in three to five days.

Betances, who turns 31 years old later this month, has allowed two runs on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings this spring. He has experienced diminished fastball velocity, which is now explained by his injury. The right-hander is coming off of another excellent season in which he posted a 2.70 ERA with 115 strikeouts and 26 walks across 66 2/3 innings.

Fortunately, the Yankees have more than enough depth in the bullpen to withstand Betances’ absence. Aroldis Chapman, Adam Ottavino, and Zach Britton will handle the late innings and Betances will slot back in whenever he is healthy.