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This offseason, the Cubs paid $10 million to bring Carlos Pena to the North Side for a year. Pena filled the empty first base position created when Derrek Lee was traded to Atlanta.
Last season with the Tampa Bay Rays, Pena did not even bat his weight. The 225-pound Dominican batted a very low .196. Even though he had a low batting average, he still managed to hit the long ball and drive in runs. In 2010, Pena hit 28 home runs and drove in 84 runs.
Everyone should expect Pena to flourish with the Cubs. He is no longer in the tough AL East and is in the easier Central Division. The 2008 AL Gold Glove winner is also a great defensive first baseman. Last season he made only six errors and recorded a .995 fielding percentage.
He will play exceptionally well at the hitter's paradise of Wrigley and the Friendly Confines.