Yankees lose DH option as Carlos Pena signs with the Rays

One of the Yankees better DH options came off the board today as Carlos Pena signed with the Tampa Rays, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The Yankees did have talks with him, but those talks were initiated by Pena’s agent as they never appeared to be seriously interested in him.

Pena’s numbers look bad because of his low batting average, but he still gets on base, a .357 OBP, and had a decent .819 OPS last year. He would have been a great fit for the Yankees as part of a DH platoon because he crushed righties last season, putting up a .388 OBP and .892 OPS against them.

The Yankees are said to only have $2 million left to spend. Expect some of that to go to Eric Chavez with not much left over to use to pick up a full-time DH. Alex Rodriguez suggested yesterday that the Yankees go with a “rotating DH” and that’s probably what they’ll end up doing.

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