According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Yankees have made a waiver claim on Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena. The report came minutes after general manager Brian Cashman said there would probably be no roster moves for the rest of the season.
“I’m going to continue to scan everything, but no, I’m not optimistic that we’re going to do anything,” he said. “I think this is most likely what we’ve got.”
If the team acquired Pena, he would likely fill their designated hitter role. Eric Chavez has struggled since coming off the disabled list and Jorge Posada has show his age.
Pena is hitting just .223 but has a .342 on-base percentage and 23 home runs.
If the report is true, the Cubs can either relinquish Pena and the remainder of his $10 million salary to the Yankees, pull him back off waivers, or work out a trade.