Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow announced on Monday the club has signed veteran first baseman Carlos Pena to a one-year contract.
Pena, 34, can also serve as the Astros first designated hitter, with the club now in the American League West.
Last season Pena was with Tampa Bay, where he hit .197 with 19 home runs and 61 RBIs in 160 games for the Rays.
Pena has played 12 years in the big leagues, with the Texas Rangers, Oakland A's., Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs as well as the Rays.
During his career Pena has hit 277 home runs, with 791 RBIs.
In 2007 with the Rays, where he has played five of the last six years, Pena had career highs in home runs (46) and RBIs (103).
He has been selected to play in one All-Star Game, while playing for Tampa Bay in 2009.
Pena began his career with the Rangers, who took him in the first round of the 1998 First-Year Player Draft.
Luhnow said Pena's signing does not lessen his interest in free-agent first baseman Lance Berkman.
Luhnow said he spoke briefly with Berkman Monday morning and the two have decided to check back with each other in mid-January.