ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A person with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press that slugger Carlos Pena has agreed to a $7.25 million, one-year contract to return to the Tampa Bay Rays.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the club had not announced the agreement.
Pena played with the Rays from 2007-10, helping them reach the playoffs twice before signing as a free agent with the Chicago Cubs for $10 million last season.
Pena is the second major addition to the middle of the Rays batting order this winter. The team signed free agent Luke Scott last week.
AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum in New York contributed to this report.