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Tampa Tribune, Chris Urso, Associated Press
Carlos Pena speaks to reporters during a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 in St. Petersburg. The Rays signed Pena to a one-year $7.25 million contract.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Slugger Carlos Pena is excited about returning to the Tampa Bay Rays, bolstering hopes for another run for the playoffs.

The first baseman officially rejoined the club he helped advance to the postseason in 2008 and 2010 after passing a physical Tuesday. He agreed to a $7.25 million, one-year deal last week after spending 2011 with the Chicago Cubs.

Pena played for the Rays for four seasons from 2007-2010, averaging 36 home runs, 102 RBIs and 93 walks. He was the AL comeback player of the year in 2007 and an All-Star in 2009

One of Tampa Bay's top offseason priorities was adding power to a lineup that was eighth in the AL in runs scored last year. Pena is the team's career home runs leader.