I’m not the craziest of fans for some of baseball’s euphemisms, but being “in hard” for a player the likes of Carlos Pena is positively disturbing. Nevertheless, Gordon Edes of ESPN in Boston is saying exactly that.
The only thing Pena has been consistent at over the last four years is offering less and less value each season . . . and striking out a third of the time. In 582 plate appearances last season, he only had 95 hits. 28 of those went for home runs, but hitting home runs or getting out is hardly a weakness with the Jays current roster.
At one point Pena was an on base machine, but unfortunately those times are no longer, but four straight years of constant regression has seen his .411 OBP in 2007 turn into .325 in 2010.
I’m struggling to find anything at all hopeful about this rumour other than it might not be true. The only bright spot I can possibly come up with is that Pena is only 32. So, he could still have a few more years to regress further into oblivion.