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Yankees put in claim for Carlos Pena

Chicago Cubs' Carlos Pena hits a two-run home

Chicago Cubs' Carlos Pena hits a two-run home run during the fourth inning of an interleague baseball game against the New York Yankees (June 18, 2011). Photo Credit: AP

The Yankees put in a claim for Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena, a move first reported by espn.com. The teams have a 48-hour window to consummate a trade, or the Cubs can pull Pena, who signed a one-year, $10 million deal — with $5 million deferred to 2012 — this offseason, off waivers or allow him to be claimed.

It is possible the Yankees, who obtained lefthander Aaron Laffey off outright waivers from the Mariners late last week, put in the claim to block a team, such as the Red Sox, from acquiring the lefthanded hitting Pena, who is batting .223 (.345 OBP) with 23 homers and 67 RBIs.

Cashman was vague when asked about it before the game.

“I’m going to continue to scan everything,” he said. “But I’m not optimistic of doing anything. I think this is most likely what we’ve got.”

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