After solidifying their starting pitching rotation Friday there's just one more piece of the off-season puzzle that the New York Yankees need before training camp -- designated hitter -- and according to free-agent slugger Carlos Pena he has spoken with the Yankees.
On Sunday morning, Pena was a guest on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio with hosts Rich Herrera and Mel Antonen, and talked about being a free agent. When asked about if the Yankees talked to him about DH, he responded:
"You know, I heard about, you read that stuff that’s in the newspaper. That’s something that hasn’t been discussed at all."
By no means is Pena the favorite to fill the Yankees vacant DH spot, which last season was shared by Jorge Posada, who has a slim chance of resigning with New York as he's contemplating retirement, third basemen Alex Rodriguez and newly-dealt Jesus Montero.
"I think we explore all the options," said Pena. "You have to be humble enough to look at all different opportunities and obviously I think it is the smart thing to do, is just to sit down and listen to it and see what it is all about."
Last season, Pena played in 153 games for the Chicago Cubs, but hit just .255 with 28 home runs and 80 RBI.