Astros sign Pena

5:04 PM, Dec 17, 2012   |    comments
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Houston, TX (Sports Network) - The Houston Astros signed first baseman and designated hitter Carlos Pena to a one-year deal on Monday.

The signing addresses a key need as Houston transitions from the National League to the American League.

The 34-year-old hit .197 with 19 home runs and 61 RBIs in 160 games for the Rays last season.

Over the course of his 12-year career, Pena is a career .277 batter with 277 homers and 791 RBI. He has also spent time with the Rangers, Athletics, Tigers, Red Sox and Cubs in addition to the Rays.

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