The batting order with the addition of Pena:
1. Presley, RF; 2. Tabata, LF; 3. Walker, 2B; 4. McCutchen, CF; 5. Pena, 1B; 6. Doumit, C; 7. Alvarez, 3B; 8. Cedeno, SS; 9. pitcher
- Pena has a fantastic glove (.994 fielding percentage this year, 2 Gold Gloves)
- 20 of his 70 hits are HRs
- Has great plate discipline, sporting a .340 on-base percentage
- Could take advantage of the short-porch in RF
- Veteran presence in the clubhouse who has been to the playoffs twice, including the World Series in 2008
- Projected for his fourth consecutive 150-strikeout season, sporting a .224 batting avg with the Cubs
- Unlikely to return for 2012, so pretty much a rental player for the Pirates.
- Another left-handed bat on a team that already has Walker, Alvarez and Doumit, leaving McCutchen as the only real threat as a right-handed hitter in the starting lineup.
One of the big things going the Bucs way in any deal for a first baseman is that most good teams in a playoff race have a solid one. STL-Pujols; Mil-Fielder; PHL-Howard; ATL-Freeman. The competition in the NL is San Francisco and Arizona and LAA in the AL could use a big bat at 1B
The hole at first base for Pittsburgh is so glaring and comparing Pena with Lyle Overbay is shocking. Despite hitting 9 points below Overbay, Pena is slugging 99 points better, has a 36 point stronger on-base percentage, carries a 100-point OPS edge and 13 more home runs. If Alvarez returns and plays like the late-season Pedro, Pena could hit 6th or 7th and get the bottom of the order some top. A lackluster Pedro puts Pena's bat behind Walker and McCutchen. Pena has hit 13 HRs in June 1 and is average
The Cubs are out of it andshould be trying to get something before they just pay him to stay on a team that could lose 90 games. If there is a person that the PBC can get without giving up a top or even mid-level prospect and pick up some of his cash due, Pena could be the temporary pop the Bucs lineup could use instantly.
Likely chance of acquisition: 75 percent