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Carlos Pena a solid mid-/late-round option

Updated: March 12, 2012, 5:04 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
In my mind, Tampa Bay Rays leader Joe Maddon is the best manager in baseball. He routinely coaxes extra wins out of his cash-strapped franchise, and being able to think outside the box is one of the main reasons. Maddon hit slugging first baseman Carlos Pena in the No. 2 spot in the lineup Sunday, and while that in itself isn't too noteworthy since it's only spring training, if it becomes a semi-permanent change, we should definitely pay attention. After all, Pena does get on base at a nice clip: His 101 walks last season ranked fifth in baseball, prompting a useful .357 on-base percentage, similar to his career mark.

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