|Pena passes physical, finalizes deal with Rays|
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|Friday, 25 January 2008 14:49|
The American League comeback player of the year agreed last week to a $6 million, one-year contract that enabled the Rays to meet a self-imposed deadline to sign him before having to exchange salary arbitration figures.
The 29-year-old slugger took a physical Thursday to complete the multiyear deal, which will pay him $8 million in 2009 and $10,125,000 in 2010.
Pena had 48 homers and 121 RBIs - both career highs - in 2007. He set a season franchise record for homers, finishing with the fourth-highest total in the majors behind Alex Rodriguez, Prince Fielder and Ryan Howard.
He also batted a career-best .282, scored a team-high 99 runs and became the first player to hit 40-plus homers the season after being released by another team. He signed with the Rays last winter after spending most of 2006 in the minors with Boston and the New York Yankees.