As first reported by Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Royals have signed 24-year-old catcher Francisco Pena to a minor league contract.
The Mets signed Pena out of the Dominican Republic when he was 16 years old for a hefty bonus of $750,000. The son of former major league All-Star Tony Pena, he never quite excelled in the Mets’ minor league system and was passed over again during this year’s round of September call-ups.
Pena is a .236/.286/.348 career hitter on the farm.
He will serve as organizational catching depth for Kansas City.
There’s a saying that goes “nothing good ever happens after 2AM.” It can also be said that nothing good ever happens after, say, week 5 or 6 of spring training.
Today, for instance, are a lot of inconsequential games. Those are neutral. Then there are a rash of these sorts of incidents which just went down today, all of which are bad:
Archer seems to be OK for now. Moncada walked off his thing and went back into the game. We’re still waiting to hear on Bumgarner and Ichiro. If there is anything serious with them we’ll update as we learn things.
But really, guys: Spring Training is too long. Even in a year like this one, when it’s a tad shorter than usual because of an early start to the regular season. Everyone who was gonna get their timing down well enough to make a big league roster has already done so. If someone isn’t healthy and in playing shape now, they’re not gonna be six days from now for Opening Day. The cake, as they say, is baked.
All that can happen is possessed-by-the-devil baseballs attacking unsuspecting players and injuring them in meaningless exhibitions. Let’s cease all baseball now until the regular season starts. Out of an abundance of caution.