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The Kansas City Royals signed former Met farmhand Francisco Pena to a minor league deal. Originally signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2006 for a $750,000 bonus, Pena was fast-tracked to full-season Savannah at age 17 (where he was the youngest player in the league) and never quite developed into the prospect the Mets had hoped he would become. The son of former catcher Tony Pena hit .236/.286/.348 in 2,276 minor-league plate appearances, the majority of which were spread across four levels. (If you're so inclined, here's Baseball America's write-up on him for their 2008 Prospect Handbook.)
While on the topic of Mr. Hart, the Brewers are interested in both Ike Davis and Lucas Duda to replace what seemed to be a super-massive black hole that played first base for the Brewers last season (.206/.259/.370 in 638 PA). Let's dance, Mr. Melvin.
Around the Majors
The embarrassment of organizational middle infield riches in Texas could parlay into patching weaknesses.
At Baseball Prospectus, Mitchel Lichtman analyzed how the number of pitches a pitcher throws correlates to his "times through the order penalty" (TTOP).
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