The Yankees do not need another all or nothing hitter in their lineup like Carlos Pena. Yet, Pena has indicated the Yankees have been in contact with him. The Yankees had three players on the roster with over 100 strikeouts, and Alex Rodriguez would have, were it not for injuries that limited him to 99 games.
In 373 at bats, A-Rod struck out 80 times.
Pena is not the same guy they saw in 2007 when he hit .282 with 46 HR and 121 RBI. Now, he is the epitome of feast or famine at the plate. He does still have power, evidenced by his 28 HRs, but the issue comes in with the batting average and worst of all the K's.
Pena hit .225 last year and struck out 161 times. This wasn't an off year for Pena, this is who Pena is at this stage in his career.
His averages since 2007 are: .221 31 HR and 91 RBI.
What type of hitter should the Yanks be looking for at DH?
Pena is a career .239 hitter and he strikes out 117 times a year. While Pena may be an asset to the lineups of some teams, he isn't what the Yankees need.
In the postseason, the Yankees boppers (Rodriguez, Granderson, Mark Teixeira) struck out over four times per game, toss in eight more K's from Derek Jeter, it's clear the whiff was an issue for the Yankees. Pena only adds to that problem.
The team has tons of firepower, adding another power-hitter isn't the right move. The Yankees would be best suited targeting a player that will make consistent contact, and hit for a higher average than Pena will.
It's time to sacrifice a little of the bop, to field a balanced lineup, less dependent on the long ball.
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