Francisco Pena departs for Royals

November, 17, 2013
11/17/13
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Catcher Francisco Pena, who became a minor-league free agent when the Mets did not add

lastname
Pena
him to the 40-man roster, has signed a major-league deal with the Kansas City Royals.

The 24-year-old Pena, the son of five-time All-Star Tony Pena, originally received a $750,000 signing bonus from the Mets as a 16-year-old.

He hit a combined .254 with nine homers and 43 RBIs in 287 at-bats between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas this past season.

The Mets chose Juan Centeno rather than Pena for a September call-up and to add to the 40-man roster.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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