Astros add veteran Carlos Pena

Updated: December 18, 2012, 12:13 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros wanted to add power to their lineup and a veteran presence to their young team.

They think they got both by agreeing to a $2.9 million, one-year contract with Carlos Pena.

"We believe he is exactly the kind of player we need in this organization at this time," general manager Jeff Luhnow said Monday. "We think that he's going to be a big contributor for us on the field as well as in the clubhouse next year."

Pena will be the Astros' designated hitter, ...

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