Pena, now 27, has been the Yankees emergency infielder since 2009, shuttling back and forth between the Bronx and Triple-A Scranton. In his four years with the team he hit .233/.266/.288 and played second, short, third, and even right field twice. He certainly couldn’t hit, but he was a solid fielder in a pinch.
Now he’s off to Atlanta and you have to wonder why they signed him to a major league deal. It’s clear that he’s not a major leaguer and since appearing in 85 games with the Yankees in 2010 his role has become more limited as he played just three games in the Bronx last season. That sucks for the Braves, but is good for him. He always seemed like a very nice guy so it’s good to see him get a chance somewhere.