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Friday, August 17, 2007

**BREAKING NEWS!** Wily Mo Peña traded to Nationals!

Okay, it's apparently a few hours old, but a friend of mine tipped me off about this, but at this moment, this is the only thing I've seen online:

Wily Mo Pena Traded To Nationals

UPDATE: The Red Sox traded Pena for cash considerations and a player to be named later, according to Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe.

According to Rob Bradford of the Boston Herald, Wily Mo Pena has been traded to the Nationals. Jim Bowden finally got his man again.

Assuming he can stay healthy, it'll be interesting to see what Pena can do with 550 ABs. For what it's worth, PECOTA projected a line of .276/.336/.504 heading into this season. Pena still has a one in five chance of becoming a star, according to Baseball Prospectus.

Official Nats press release here.

08/17/2007 1:45 PM ET
The Washington Nationals today acquired 25 year-old outfielder Wily Mo Pena and cash considerations from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for a player to be named later. Nationals Vice President and General Manager Jim Bowden made the announcement.

The 6-foot-3, 245 lbs. Pena is a career .256 (323-for-1262) hitter with 57 doubles, 67 home runs and 193 RBI in 459 games with Boston (2006-07) and Cincinnati (2002-05). Pena is currently batting .218 with five home runs and 17 RBI in limited action (73 games) this season with the Red Sox. Last year, however, in Pena's American League debut with Boston, he hit .301 (83-for-276) with 15 doubles, 11 home runs and 42 RBI in only 84 games. Pena was acquired by the Red Sox on March 20, 2006 from Cincinnati in exchange for right-handed pitcher Bronson Arroyo and cash considerations.

Pena returns to the National League, where he blasted 51 home runs in only 302 games with the Reds from 2002-05, an average of one long ball every 16.2 at-bats.

His best season came with Cincinnati in 2004 when hit .259 with 26 home runs and 66 RBI despite playing in only 110 games, as he shared the Reds' outfield with Ken Griffey Jr., Adam Dunn and Austin Kearns, among others. With increased playing time and at-bats in '04, Pena averaged a home run every 12.9 at-bats overall, including one every 9.6 at-bats when facing left-handed pitching.

Pena brought his prodigious power to the big leagues at an early age, as he made his major league debut with the Reds in 2002 at the age of 20. Perhaps best known for his tape-measure home runs, Pena has hit at least two home runs in excess of 490 feet, including the longest recorded blast at old Busch Stadium (492 feet) on June 29, 2005.

Born in Lagunda Salada, Dominican Republic, Pena is reunited with Nationals manager Manny Acta, for whom he played during World Baseball Classic. Pena went 4-for-10 (.400) with one RBI and one run scored in three games during the inaugural tournament.

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