8/24 Pena reportedly claimed on waivers
Carlos Pena has reportedly been claimed on waivers by an unidentified team, according to reports. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported Pena was selected on Wednesday. However, FOX Sports Ken Rosenthal said a deal is unlikely to happen. Pena has $5 million of his total $10 million contract deferred until January 2012. Rosenthal reported if a trade occurred, the Cubs would pay a pro-rated portion of the contract, and nearly all of the money. Not many teams would want to take on $6 million for the final five weeks.
Pena, 33, who signed a one-year deal with the Cubs last December, was batting .222 with 23 homers and 67 RBIs, and he leads the team in walks. He’s reached the 20-homer mark for the fifth straight season.
The Cubs are not set at first base for next season, even though Bryan Lahair, 28, is on a roll, batting .335 with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs at Triple-A Iowa. LaHair, who went 4-for-5 on Tuesday with four doubles and five RBIs, also has 37 doubles, a .411 on-base percentage and 103 strikeouts. He was expected to be called up in September and get a chance to prove himself at the big league level.
— Carrie Muskat