ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay's Carlos Pena passed a
physical, finalizing a three-year deal worth $24,125,000.
The American League comeback player of the year agreed last week
to a $6 million, one-year contract that enabled the Rays to meet a
self-imposed deadline to sign him before having to exchange salary
The 29-year-old slugger took a physical Thursday to complete the
multiyear deal, which will pay him $8 million in 2009 and
$10,125,000 in 2010.
Pena had 48 homers and 121 RBIs -- both career highs -- in 2007.
He set a season franchise record for homers, finishing with the
fourth-highest total in the majors behind Alex Rodriguez, Prince Fielder and Ryan Howard.
He also batted a career-best .282, scored a team-high 99 runs
and became the first player to hit 40-plus homers the season after
being released by another team. He signed with the Rays last winter
after spending most of 2006 in the minors with Boston and the New York Yankees.