12/7 Cubs’ Pena not expected to accept arbitration

Carlos Pena will not accept arbitration, according to a report Wednesday. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman said Pena will be going back on the market. In his one season in Chicago, Pena batted .225 with 28 homers and 80 RBIs. The deadline for players is 11 p.m. CT Wednesday. The Cubs also offered arbitration to Aramis Ramirez. If Pena and Ramirez sign with other teams, which was expected, the Cubs will receive a compensatory Draft pick between the first and second rounds. Pena’s decision is not a surprise. Theo Epstein mentioned Pena was looking for a multi-year contract.

The Cubs also did not offer arbitration to Kerry Wood, another Type B free agent, but they were expected to try to re-sign the reliever. Wood has had conversations with Epstein re: coming back.

The Brewers are reportedly interested in Ramirez, 33, who won his first Silver Slugger award this season, batting .306 with 26 homers and 93 RBIs, and is considered the top free agent third baseman available. Ramirez’s agent Paul Kinzer has said his client is looking for a multi-year contract.

– Carrie Muskat

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