Cubs Strike Deal with Pena

MLB.com: Cubs and Pena agree to 1-year deal

By Jenel Nels
|  Wednesday, Dec 8, 2010  |  Updated 10:42 PM CDT
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BOSTON - OCTOBER 14: Carlos Pena #23 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates with teammate Evan Longoria #3 after Pena's two-run home run in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox in game four of the American League Championship Series during the 2008 MLB playoffs at Fenway Park on October 14, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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The North Siders may be on the verge of adding some muscle to their lineup.

The Chicago Cubs reached a preliminary agreement with free agent Carlos Pena, according to the team. A source told the MLB.com the one-year deal is worth about $10 million.

Pena would fill the void left behind by Derrick Lee, and allow second year outfielder Tyler Colvin to remain in right field. The Cubs traded Lee to the Braves last August and Colvin filled in at first base off and on.

Pena hit only .196 last season with the Tampa Bay Rays, but a year before he led the American League with 39 home runs. He also won a Gold Glove in 2008.

The deal could be finalized on Wednesday.

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