Gee, I wonder why the Democrats never go after the filthy rich athletes and make a spectacle of them like they do a CEO? I mean, they love to throw out the argument about performance. If a company got a bailout, they shouldn’t hand out bonuses, right? At some point, we’ve all made enough money is what Obama tells us. Apparently not if you’re Carlos Pena. The man was a failure better than 80% of the time he stepped to the plate! And he gets rewarded with $10 million bucks. Sure I’m jealous. Where’s that fairness Mr. President?
of The Associated Press
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Scott Boras called Carlos Pena’s $10 million, one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs “a pillow contract.”
“There’s a lot of comforts,” the agent said.
As in a cushioned, feathery landing spot from a down season.
Pena was lured to the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field on a short-term deal, hoping to put up big numbers, be eligible for free agency again next fall and earn the type of long-term multiyear agreement Boras is famous for.
“I don’t worry about that,” Cubs manager Jim Hendry said at a news conference Wednesday. “We’ve never had to worry about keeping players that we wanted to keep.”
Hendry referred to Ryan Howard, who has a $125 million, five-year contract with Philadelphia that starts in 2012; Mark Teixeira, entering the third season of a $180 million, eight-year deal with the New York Yankees; and Adrian Gonzalez, who presumably will be rewarded with nine-figure extension for accepting a trade from San Diego to Boston last weekend.
“It’s not a gamble. It’s a … good fit,” Hendry said. “We haven’t had a lot of left-handed power. … The Howards, the Teixeiras, the Adrian Gonzalezes, those people that put up power numbers at that position either stay where they’re at, tied up, or sign huge lucrative long-term deals.”
Pena spent the last four seasons with Tampa Bay. Slowed by irritation on the bottom of his right foot that put him on the disabled list in August, the 32-year-old hit a career-low .196 this year with 28 homers and 84 RBIs. That was down from a .227 average with 39 homers and 100 RBIs the previous year, when he was on the AL All-Star team.
His first season with Tampa Bay was his best, when he batted .282 with 46 homers and 121 RBIs in 2007. The following year, he helped the Rays reach the World Series for the first time.
“I’m extremely confident. I don’t tend to look back on my failures and dwell upon them. I just feel that I’ve had a lot of adversity throughout my career and a lot of difficulties,” Pena said. “I think that all of those difficulties have made me stronger and a better player and a better person and a better man. So instead of dwelling upon that, I kind of embrace the fact that it was a difficult year and I should be a little bit more polished now.”
Pena said he turned down multiyear offers in favor of Chicago.
“I love the city. My family loves the city. I think we have a pretty good chance at winning,” he said. “We have a park; the history, what can I say? It’s truly one of those teams that when you’re a kid, you kind of dream about playing for. Like I said earlier, when I was 10 years old, I used to watch George Bell, Ryne Sandberg, (Shawon) Dunston, Andre Dawson. It was a regular thing at home.”