Found January 15, 2012 on Indians Baseball Insider:
Pena's power would be much welcomedto the Indians lineup. (Photo: AP)Some news, notes, and thoughts from my Indians notebook…First base options come into focusThe Indians are about five weeks from the start of spring training as pitchers and catchers will report on February 20th. As spring training gets closer a lot of teams are still making moves to add players to their Major League rosters, and the Indians could be one of them very soon. Reports this week surfaced that talks between the Indians and free agent first basemen Casey Kotchman and Carlos Pena have heated up.The Indians have yet to address their need at first base this offseason, but they have been talking to lots of free agents and to lots of teams about potential trades to fill their need there. After Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder, the market for the remaining first baseman was expected to drag out late into the winter, and it has. In fact, Fielder has yet to sign with a team.There are lots of options still ava...

Reasons to be Wary of Carlos Pena

While there are still some intriguing pitchers left on the free agent market — Roy Oswalt chief among them — the free agent pool for hitters is rapidly drying up. Prince Fielder is still on the market, but outside of him, there is little offense to be found outside of a trade. Casey Kotchman, Derrek Lee, Johnny Damon, Vladimir Guerrero, Brad Hawpe — all these guys have some...

Yankees Have Spoken To Carlos Pena

The Yankees have contacted DH/first baseman Carlos Pena, the free agent told Rich Herrera and Mel Antonen during an appearance on MLB Network Radio's Home Plate program (Twitter link). We heard earlier today that the Bombers have also been in touch with free agent Johnny Damon, so they're clearly kicking the tires on reasonably priced DH/1B types after trading Jesus ...

Yankees Looking For Hitting, Carlos Pena On "Radar"

Now that the Yankees have addressed their pitching issues with two major transactions, the club is looking to add some offense, reports Jon Heyman of  Carlos Pena is "now on their radar," and Heyman says the Bronx Bombers could be looking at other hitters as well. Pena, a Scott Boras client, hit .225/.357/.462 with 28 homers for the Cubs last season. ...

Report: Yankees Have Spoken With Johnny Damon, Carlos Pena

After dealing Jesus Montero away on Friday, the Yankees have suddenly ramped up their pursuit of another bat. Johnny Damon and Carlos Pena are reportedly two players the Bronx Bombers have checked in on. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees have spoken with Damon about returning to New York as a designated hitter. Damon served primarily as an outfielder while with...

Adding first baseman a perk, but not imperative

The question now is whether the Indians can avoid striking out on acquiring a first baseman before Spring Training. Cleveland is known to have interest in free agents Carlos Pena and Casey Kotchman, but the team has also been checking in on most available options.

Cleveland Indians GM Chris Antonetti works on making that first decision

GM Chris Antonetti is still pursuing a hitter, likely a first baseman, to help the Indians' offense. Could it be Carlos Pena? Or perhaps Casey Kotchman?
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