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Cubs roster move: Felix Pena traded to Angels

The hard-throwing righthander moves on.

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The Cubs are busy making deals even during a busy postseason series.

Felix Pena, who had been designated for assignment by the Cubs last week when they claimed Luke Farrell on waivers from the Reds, is now a member of the Los Angeles Angels:

The Angels acquired right-handed reliever Felix Peña from the Chicago Cubs for cash considerations or a player to be named on Monday.

Peña, 27, has posted a 4.98 ERA with the Cubs in 36 games over the past two seasons, covering 43-1/3 innings. He has 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings in the majors. Peña throws mostly a 95 mph fastball, with a slider.

So it’s possible the Cubs will get something along the lines of a low-level pitching lottery ticket in return for Pena, but more likely a modest “cash consideration” will come the Cubs’ way at some point this offseason.

As noted above, Pena has a good arm, but he’s never been able to pitch consistently enough to stick in the Cubs’ bullpen. I wish him well and hope he finds success in the Angels organization.