HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Astros have signed veteran Carlos Pena to be their designated hitter, addressing a key need as they prepare for their first season in the American League.
The 34-year-old Pena, who spent last season in his second stint with Tampa Bay, hit .197 with 19 home runs and 61 RBIs in 2012. Terms were not released Monday.
Pena had the best seasons of his career in his first stint with the Rays from 2007-2010 when he had at least 100 RBIs in three of those four seasons. His most productive year came in his first with the team when he hit 46 homers with 121 RBIs, both career-highs.
Pena started his career with the Rangers and has also played with Oakland, Detroit, Boston and the Cubs.

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Tigers vs. Padres Pick Will the San Diego Padres keep the losing streak of the Detroit Tigers intact when the two continue their weekend series tonight at...
Thumbnail Astros vs. Mariners Pick Can the Houston Astros avoid another loss to the Seattle Mariners when the two meet up again tonight at...
Thumbnail Pirates vs. Cardinals Prediction Will the Pirates pull off another upset in St. Louis tonight when they visit the Cardinals at 7:15PM ET?
Thumbnail Angels vs. Red Sox Prediction Will David Price quiet the Angels' bats tonight in Boston when the Red Sox host L.A. at 7:15PM ET?
Thumbnail Mets vs. Giants Prediction Will the Mets pull off the upset versus the Giants behind Jacob deGrom tonight at 7:15PM ET?

MLB Team Pages