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Former Major League Outfielder Wily Mo Pena Joins Beavers

July 20, 2010 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Portland Beavers News Release

PORTLAND, Ore. - The San Diego Padres today signed former major league outfielder Wily Mo Peña to a minor league contract and assigned him to Portland.

Peña, who had been with Bridgeport of the independent Atlantic League, last played affiliated baseball with Triple-A Buffalo in the New York Mets organization in 2009, hitting .276 (40-for-145) with five home runs and 21 RBIs in 41 games.

The 28-year-old Peña was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the New York Yankees in 1999 and was later acquired via trade in 2001 by the Cincinnati Reds, with whom he made his major league debut in 2002. In 2004, Peña set major league career highs with 87 hits, 26 home runs, 66 RBIs, 45 runs scored and 110 games with Cincinnati.

Over 560 major league games with the Reds, Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals, the Laguna Salada, Dominican Republic, native has batted .253 (402-for-1590) with 77 home runs and 225 RBIs. He last played in the majors in 2008, when he hit .205 (40-for-195) with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 64 games with Washington.

In his minor league career, he has compiled a .257 batting average (425-for-1656), 66 home runs and 270 RBIs in 449 games across the Yankees, Reds, Red Sox, Nationals and Mets organizations.

Peña will play left field and bat fifth in the Beavers' lineup tonight against the Reno Aces at PGE Park.

With the move, the Beavers' active roster stands at 22 players, plus two on the disabled list.

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