Pena Cut Loose After Short Stint

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Carlos Pena's best days are clearly behind him.

The one-time AL home run leader made his triumphant return to Texas a few weeks back, returning to the place he got his big-league start in 2001, but it wasn't so triumphant.

On Thursday, Pena was designated for assignment after playing in just 18 games with the Rangers and hitting .136 with 11 strikeouts and four walks. He had three doubles and one home run.

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You have to think Pena's days are a big-leaguer are done now. The Rangers were the first team to give him a shot this season, and clearly it didn't last very long, falling four games short of his debut season with the Rangers in 2001 before he was dealt to the Oakland A's and then the Detroit Tigers in 2002.

Talk about a rough homecoming.

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