Unsurprisingly, just days after there were whispers that the Chicago Cubs were thinking of keeping first baseman Carlos Pena not only through the end of this year, but for 2012 as well, now there is a report that the Cubs will almost certainly be trading Pena.
Such is the nature of things at the MLB trade deadline.
According to SI’s Jon Heyman, “Carlos Pena will almost surely be moved” this week. Further, he’s heard that the Diamondbacks might be interested. Recall, I reported two weeks ago that the Cubs and Diamondbacks were kicking the tires on a Pena trade (among other potential Cubs targets).
The Diamondbacks have a bountiful farm system (to which they just added by signing their number three overall pick, Trevor Bauer, to a fat, Major League contract yesterday), and a dearth of production at first base. They also recently lost shortstop Stephen Drew for the year, which could increase their desire to add a bat at any position available.
The other most obvious landing spot for Carlos Pena is Pittsburgh, although just yesterday GM Neal Huntington said that he’d tried to acquire Pena, but the asking price was too steep.
Things change quickly this week, but, for now, it looks likely that Pena will be moved at some point, to Arizona, Pittsburgh, or somewhere totally unforeseen.