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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Pena won't be back with Tigers in 2014


Brayan Pena will not be returning to the Detroit Tigers in 2014.

The upbeat backup catcher tweeted Wednesday afternoon that he’d been informed of that fact by the organization.



Pena was signed to a one-year, $875,000 contract on Dec. 10, 2012. He was a free agent after the conclusion of the season.

This decision leaves the Tigers will just one catcher left on what was the 25-man playoff roster — Alex Avila — but there are two more, Bryan Holaday and Ramon Cabrera, on the 40-man roster.

The switch-hitting Pena hit .297 with four home runs, 11 doubles and 22 RBI in 71 games for the Tigers this season, but wasn’t the perfect complement for the left-handed-hitting Avila in a platoon situation, since the majority of his damage came from the left side, as well.

The soon-to-be-25-year-old Holaday, a sixth-round pick in the 2010 draft, was expected to be the backup a season ago, after the departure of Gerald Laird, but was given another year of seasoning at Triple-A when the Tigers picked up Pena.

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