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  1. Based on your argument it seems like his value would be maximized if the Yankees signed him. The park factor, and the fact that they would platoon him, would get the most utility out of his bat. I guess the DH would hurt him, but would the Yankees even care?

    Comment by Big Bad Baseball — January 16, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

  2. I believe a platoon of Andruw Jones and Pena is worth to the Yankees the 2 million already committed to Jones plus say 8 million for Pena. But they would lose the flexibility in the DH spot, I don’t think they will sign him

    Comment by chel — January 16, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

  3. Vlad. He’d likely take another paycut because he “only” hit .290, people think he totally sucked just cause relative to the rest of his career .290 is bad, but compared to these .225 hitters mentioned he’s still effective.

    Plus he’s made it clear he wants a shot at 500HRs so, give him 3 mil, promise him ABs and he also gets a shot at a ring…everyone wins.

    Comment by dave — January 16, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

  4. Thing is, no one knows how anyone will improve or not. Chemistry matters. Pena goes for money maybe, but if he wants a longer career then NYY or Baltimore look like his best bets. After all, one can’t predict how the team around a guy will play if you have no idea what that team is. Who knew Berkman would play like that, or Pie would be so horrible, or Colon so decent? Pena should sign for a short-porch RF team, IMO, but what does he want?

    Comment by DSC — January 16, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

  5. I like this guy, I’d give him a short term deal for my team.

    Comment by Brian — January 16, 2012 @ 6:19 pm

  6. ok, im going to be the guy who responds to this comment, even though 99% of the readers of this site wouldn’t bother to waste their time……you do realize that he hit “only .290″ but his on base percentage was “only .317″, right? with 13 HR in 590 PA’s. Vlad’s walk rate has been decreasing every year from 2008, and was a lowly 2.9% this season. compared to those .225 hitters, he’s really quite terrible. now, he could rebound a small amount in 2012, and for a team that can afford to risk a little money on him, they just might get some reward. but for most teams mentioned in this article, they simply can’t afford to waste any money on players, especially 37 yr old DH’s.

    Comment by erik p — January 16, 2012 @ 10:45 pm

  7. How do you read this article (or maybe you didn’t) and drop batting average in the comments? Guerrero had a .318 wOBA and 95 wRC+ last year. No one wants that.

    Comment by Hason Jeyward — January 17, 2012 @ 12:17 am

  8. With hitting being so bad last year, a few teams could use Vlad. I’m sure he’ll do better this year, and has bounced back before from injuries et al. He may only have 1 good year left, who knows? But he isn’t injury prone, a steroid junkie, a jerk, a quitter, lazy….

    Comment by DSC — January 17, 2012 @ 12:20 am

  9. As a transplanted Jersey guy living in Chitown the past few years, this is what I saw of Pena. Great teammate and stand up guy in a clubhouse full of entitled losers who couldn’t be bothered with addressing their or their team’s short comings. Big plus there. Always helped the kids too. Huge holes in his swing, so bad that he looked overmatched in many at bats. However, saw him lose many homers and shots off the wall because of the North Wind blowing in off the lake. Fields well. Maybe our ( Yankee ) hitting coach can fix or reduce the size of his mechanical flaws and get him to take advantage of the jet stream out to right center, which is his power. For three million.

    Comment by Udude — January 17, 2012 @ 8:20 am

  10. I think signing Pena to be a DH would be a huge waste, not as bad as putting Crawford out in the tiny area in front of the Green Monster at Fenway, but still not a good use of his abilities. Pena is a pretty solid three outcome hitter who will hit a lot of home runs no matter where he plays, strike out a ton and get some walks. He is also a pretty good first baseman (although probably not a Gold Glover notwithstanding 2008). He is a leader on the field and a great teammate, and using him as a DH would limit his value.

    Pena should go to a team that needs a first baseman and that has a manager who will maximize Pena’s effectiveness by picking good spots to rest him against tough lefties that present match-up problems. It would also help Pena to be in a lineup with guys in front of him who get on base and put pressure on the defense by stealing lots of bases, making it tougher to get away with a huge shift every at bat. Pena brings a great attitude and veteran leadership that will help any clubhouse, especially one with lots of younger players who could use a veteran position player to look up to. Hopefully there is a team out there that needs these skills and is a good fit to maximize his talents (cough- Rays- cough).

    In short: Mr. Pena, we love you here in Tampa and really miss having you on the team. I know you miss us too. It is currently 70 degrees and sunny, and a run on Bayshore or around DI with BJ beats the heck out of training in some gym in New York or Chicago. Please, please come back! I know you can probably make more money elsewhere, but we have no income tax and really cheap real estate right now which will make your money go a lot farther than it will in other cities. Plus, if you come back I will happily take you out for grouper anywhere you want to go once a month.

    Comment by Mike — January 17, 2012 @ 10:50 am

  11. Guerrero is almost 37. In last year’s “down” offensive environment, he was worth 0.0 WAR.

    He doesn’t really put butts in seats anymore and, by definition, he is basically a replacement-level player. No MLB team should be signing a 37 year old DH who profiles at replacement-level. Every team should have a younger, replacement-level (or, hopefully, someone better) to plug in to their DH slot for under $500K.

    Comment by rogue_actuary — January 17, 2012 @ 11:07 am

  12. Check out Pena’s split stats from last year. At the end of April he had accumulated a .159 avg, 2 runs, 5 rbis, and 0 HR. For the rest of the year, he was a solid source of power and did hit for a much better avg, probably closer to .240. I think to say that he does not have 30+ HR power would be incorrect. If he gets off to a decent start to the season, I would be shocked to see him hit less than the 28 HR he put up last year, that is assuming he is getting close to full playing time.

    Comment by Ben — January 17, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

  13. Pena would be welcome back to Tampa. We loved him and hated to see him leave. If he goes to the Yankees it will be a loss.

    Comment by rosydaisy — January 17, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

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