Much has been made of the Mariners and their losing streak. And with good reason, that losing streak was historically atrocious. They are 48-62, 12.5 games out of first in the AL West today. Wily Mo Pena has signed with the Seattle Mariners.
Power boy Pena left the Atlantic League team about this time one year ago, and eventually turned up in Reno this spring where he needed just 63 games to pound 21 homers and 17 doubles along with 63 RBI and a .363 average to win a promotion to the parent Arizona Diamondbacks.
Pena won some games with long balls for Arizona when Kirk Gibson’s team could use the designated hitter during interleague play, but his overall production of a .196 average and seven RBI in 17 games despite his five home runs led to the 29-year-old being released.
Seattle, which surely has woes, plans to have Pena report to its minor league complex in Peoria, AZ, then join Triple-A Tacoma, WA. It would not be a stretch to expect him with the Mariners yet this year.Follow paulmbanks