Outfielder Wily Mo Pena Eyeing MLB Return Next Season

Former Major League outfielder Wily Mo Pena is looking to make a return to the Majors after spending the last three seasons playing in Japan, according to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors.

Pena, who turns 33-years-old in late January, last appeared in the Majors in 2011 as a member of the Seattle Mariners. According to Dierkes, Pena has received interest from at least three Major League teams. 

In his first season playing in Japan, Pena hit .280/.339/.490 while launching 21 homers and driving in 76 RBI in 507 plate appearances. He saw limited playing time the following season in 2013. Not only did his playing time decrease but his production dropped off as well. He hit .233/.322/.307 while blasting just one homer to go along with 16 RBI in 171 plate appearances. He was able to rebound this season as he hit .268/.366/.528 while hitting 29 homers and driving in 79 RBI in 476 plate appearances.

Pena played eight seasons in the Majors. He spent time with the Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks in those eight seasons. In 1,845 plate appearances in the Majors, Pena hit .250/.303/.445 while swatting 84 homers and driving in 240 RBI. Although Pena never established himself as an everyday player in the Majors, his power can still be an integral part of a big league lineup.

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