The 33 -- soon to be 34 -- year-old will be returning to the team that has employed him the most in his 11-year MLB career, and because he was a Type-B free agent and is leaving the Windy City, the Chicago Cubs will receive a sandwich pick in the 2012 MLB amateur draft.
Sandwich pick are picks, so to speak, "sandwiched" between two rounds, typically the first and the second round. Because the Elias Sports Bureau rates Peña as a Type B free agent, the Cubs will receive the pick without actually costing the Rays any picks. Peña was also a Type B free agent in 2011 when the Cubs signed him to a one-year, $10 million deal.
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