Peña Closes Deal with the Kansas City Royals

Francisco Peña is making a royal career move…

The 24-year-old Dominican professional baseball catcher, a minor league free agent, has agreed to join the Kansas City Royals, who’ve added him to the team’s 40-man roster.

Francisco Peña

Peña, the son of former Royals manager Tony Pena, has spent the past six years in the New York Mets organization.

He hit .257 last season for Triple-A Las Vegas with nine homers and 39 RBIs. He committed just three errors and threw out 30 percent of stolen-base attempts.

Pena was also a member of the champion Dominican Republic squad in this past year’s World Baseball Classic, where he was 1 for 2 with an RBI in two tournament games.

The Royals announced the move on Sunday.

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