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Brayan Pena: The Anti-Carpenter

There was a lot of talk about Matt Carpenter becoming a power hitter this year. There was a lot of praise handed in his direction for dropping some discipline to instead blast 28 home runs to lead a power hungry team. Carpenter’s transition, at least one year in, was a good thing. His K rate did skyrocket, which did lead to some frustration; however his power ended up providing...
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Cardinals sign Brayan Pena; Is Tony Cruz out?

Jordan Zimmerman’s signing with the Tigers yesterday, might have been the match to light the Hot Stove for this offseason. The St. Louis Cardinals have signed catcher Brayan Pena to a two year deal. The contract is worth a total of $5 million. From what it looks like, Tony Cruz is officially out as the Cardinals back up catcher. However, Mike Matheny has had three catchers on...
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Cardinals sign Brayan Pena to a two-year deal

The St. Louis Cardinals announced the signing of switch-hitting catcher Brayan Pena to a two-year deal. He was previously with the Cincinnati Reds for two seasons as well as the Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, and Atlanta Braves. St. Louis Cardinals sign switch-hitting catcher Brayan Peña to a two-year contract. — St. Louis Cardinals […]
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Cardinals sign catcher Brayan Pena to two-year, $5M deal

Brayan Pena's resume includes 11 years of big-league experience.  Kelvin Kuo USA TODAY SportsST. LOUIS -- Free agent catcher Brayan Pena has agreed to a $5 million, two-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he will be the backup for All-Star Yadier Molina.The 33-year-old switch-hitter receives $2.5 million in each of the next two seasons.Pena led Reds catchers with...
Via AP on Fox
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pena agrees to $5M, 2-year deal as Molina's backup on Cards

ST. LOUIS (AP) Free agent catcher Brayan Pena has agreed to a $5 million, two-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he will be the backup for All-Star Yadier Molina. The 33-year-old switch-hitter receives $2.5 million in each of the next two seasons. Pena led Reds catchers with 86 games last season while batting .273 with a career-best .344 on-base percentage. His...
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22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer bought Rolex for former catcher Brayan Pena

Brayan Pena, who spent the 2014 season with the Cincinnati Reds, was one of the Detroit Tigers’ catchers last year during Max Scherzer’s 21-3 Cy Young Award-winning season. One year later, Pena has been rewarded for the role he played. On Monday, Pena received an engraved Rolex watch in the mail. He told The Detroit...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Brayan Pena appreciates opportunity with Reds

CINCINNATI -- If Brayan Pena isn't smiling, he isn't among the living. It is impossible to catch the Cincinnati Reds catcher without smile. Try to sneak up on him. Try to peek around the corner when he isn't looking. He is still smiling. Asked if he smiled instead of crying when the doctor smack him the moment he was born he said, "I believe so." And he smiled. The 32-year-old Pena...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: B.J. Upton loses fly ball in the sun

Your browser does not support iframes.Atlanta Braves center fielder B.J. Upton lost a fly ball after being blinded by the sun during the second inning of Sunday's game against Cincinnati. Reds batter Brayan Pena was credited with a double after his fly ball popped out of Upton's glove as it came down. Upton was wearing glasses, but not sunglasses.The misplay by Upton did not cost...
Via Holdout Sports
April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

C Pena gives Reds a Cuban connection

Brayan Pena was hoping to wind up in Cincinnati someday. The 32-year-old catcher signed with the Reds in the offseason to be the backup for Devin Mesoraco, who moves into the starting role. Pena got a two-year deal for $2,275,000. ''The tradition and talent that this team has made this a great place for me,'' Pena said. ''I have been trying to sign here for a couple of years but...
Via AP on Fox
February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Cuban defector Brayan Pena works for dream of playing with Reds

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- When Brayan Pena says with a smile, "I am so proud to be an American," he means it from the depths of his being. To say becoming an American citizen caused pain to him and his family is a massive understatement. Pena was 16 and playing for the Cuban Junior team in Venezuela in 1998 when he decided to defect because he wanted to pursue his dream of playing professional...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

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