Francisco Pena departs for Royals

Catcher Francisco Pena, who became a minor-league free agent when the Mets did not add

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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.