Where do the Cubs stand on bringing back Carlos Pena? He is much cheaper than the other options and did everything asked of him. Plus, he is a team player, he is well worth say three years, $30 million to fill in at first while we restructure the system and team.
-- Aaron S., Des Moines, Iowa
You convinced me until your offer. The Cubs would welcome Pena back but only for a one-year deal. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have both stressed they want to pay for future performance, not past. Pena has hit at least 28 homers in each of the last five years, but his batting average and on-base percentage numbers have dropped each year (yes, they did go up slightly last season, but the trend has been down). He also hit .216 with runners on, .175 with runners in scoring position in 2011. Pena is a good defensive player, but he'll likely only be back if he is willing to accept a one-year contract.