Arlington, Texas - The Texas Rangers announced today that the club has signed first baseman Carlos Pena to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Round Rock. Pena is expected to be active for the first time either tonight or tomorrow.
Pena, 36, returns to the club that originally selected him in the first round (10th overall) of the 1998 June draft. He made his major league debut with the Rangers in 2001. He has a career .233 average with 285 home runs for Texas (2001), Oakland (2002), Detroit (2002-05), Boston (2006), Tampa Bay (2007-10, 2012), Chicago-NL (2011), Houston (2013), and Kansas City (2013). Pena has 6 different seasons of 25-or-more home runs, including a career-high 46 homers with Tampa Bay in 2007. An All-Star in 2009, he also has also won a Gold Glove Award (2008) and Silver Slugger Award (2007). His last big league action was 4 games with the Royals last September.
He was in spring training with the Los Angeles Angels after signing with that club as a minor league free agent on January 28. He batted .139 (5-26) with no homers and 2 RBI in 20 spring games with the Angels before he was released on March 23.