Carlos Pena is hopping behind the desk.
The MLB Network announced Monday that Pena has joined its team as a studio analyst. The 14-year major league veteran hasn’t officially announced his retirement in conjunction with the news, but it’s reasonable to think his career might be over.
Pena, 36, was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the first round (10th overall) in 1998 after an illustrious career at Northeastern University. He made his major league debut with Texas in 2001 and subsequently spent time with the Oakland Athletics, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals. The first baseman earned an All-Star selection with Tampa Bay in 2009.
Pena, who appeared in 18 games with Texas this past season, hit .232 with 286 home runs and 818 RBIs in 1,493 career games. He racked up career-highs in home runs (46) and RBIs (121) with the Rays in 2008.
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