Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have signed outfielder Brennan Boesch and first baseman Carlos Pena to minor league deals.
Boesch, who spent the first half of 2013 with the Yankees before injuring his shoulder, had been released by New York in July. Reports were that his rehabilitation was going well and that he could have been a contributor in August. A team never materialized for him. Prior to 2013, he spent three years in the Tigers’ system, batting .259/.315/.414 over 380 games. The 28-year old will likely provide insurance in the outfield for Raul Ibanez and Josh Hamilton should he make the Major League roster.
Carlos Pena, the 35-year-old well-traveled first baseman, spent most of 2013 with the Houston Astros before being traded to the Kansas City Royals. He played in only 89 games between the two clubs, batting .207/.321/.346 with just 8 home runs. Over his thirteen year career, Pena has played for the Rangers, Athletics, Tigers, Red Sox, Rays, and Cubs before ending up with Houston and Kansas City. With Albert Pujols coming off of a multitude of injuries that forced him to miss most of 2013, Pena will likely be the back up plan at first base should he make the 25-man roster. Mark Trumbo was traded away earlier in the off season to the Arizona Diamondbacks.