Royals sign catcher Francisco Pena

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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.