BRAYAN PENA RUMORS & GOSSIP

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...
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...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Brayan Pena signs with the Reds

Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Reds have signed catcher Brayan Pena to a two-year contract. The financials aren’t available and its all still pending a physical to be performed in Cincinnati on Tuesday, but other than that they got themselves a backup catcher. Pena was with the Tigers last year where he hit .297/.315/.397 in 243 plate appearances. That was a bit...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Pena won't return to Tigers

The Tigers have decided not to re-sign free-agent catcher Brayan Pena, who shared the news via Twitter on Wednesday. "I was inform that i will not be returning to The Tigers ,i want to thanks the FANS, the ORGANIZATION & my TEAMMATES for the opportunity !!!!" said on Brayan Pena@cuban2727. "Now I'm ready to accept the new chapter in my life like i always do...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
October 30, 2013  |  Discuss

WATCH: Third base ump prevents Tigers from tagging out Will Middlebrooks

Will Middlebrooks was able to go from first to third on a sacrifice bunt in the ninth inning of Thursday’s Game 5 in Detroit, and he got some help from third base umpire Rob Drake in the process. For some reason, Drake set up shop directly behind catcher Brayan Pena, who was covering the base and tried to apply the tag to the sliding Middlebrooks. Instead, Pena ended up accidentally...
Via The Nosebleeds
October 17, 2013  |  Discuss

May be time for Detroit Tigers to make Brayan Pena starter

Alex Avila brought so much promise to Detroit Tiger fans in 2009 when he joined his father’s organization (Al Avila is the VP of the team and assistant GM). He started with the Tigers on Aug. 6, 2009 with two hits and an RBI. The following night he had his first home run. Avila quickly showed signs of greatness. That slowly faded as he finished with a .279 average, which, admittedly...
Via isportsweb.com
August 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Pena is a Tiger but still treasures his time in K.C.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Brayan Pena wasn't the most talented catcher to ever don a Royals uniform. But Pena certainly was one of the more popular catchers among the fans, as well as a favorite inside the clubhouse. "He always had a smile and so much positive energy," former teammate and still close friend Bruce Chen said. Pena was so positive, in fact, he never envisioned...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
June 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Video: Brayan Pena hangs on to record final out in scary collision at home plate

Your browser does not support iframes.Wednesday was a tough night for Detroit Tigers catcher Brayan Pena.Not only did he have to play 14 innings behind the dish, but he also received a crushing blow from Seattle Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak in a scary collision at home plate. Seriously, take a look and see for yourself.Watch as Pena holds on to apply the tag despite being...
Via Bush League Chronicle
April 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Desire for freedom took Pena to majors

LAKELAND, Fla. Tigers catcher Brayan Pena wanted to get to the United States even more than he wanted to play in the major leagues. Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, he longed for the freedom that was 106 miles away across the Straits of Florida to Key West. Defecting is always risky. But at the age of 16, Pena mapped out a plot with a friend that he will not name to this day, for...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
February 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Royals Catcher Brayan Pena in a Trade to Tampa Bay Rays?

Could Royals backup catcher Brayan Pena be heading to the Tampa Bay Rays? This is nothing more than my own speculation based on a tweet by Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com: Rays are a fascinating team to watch. Could trade starters (anyone but Price, Moore), relievers, Upton. Looking for young catcher, pitchers On the season, Rays catchers are hitting .194 AVG/.266 OBP/.279 SLG...
Via Crown Crazed
July 18, 2012  |  Discuss
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