KC sends Mazzaro, Robinson to Pirates for pitchers

The Royals have traded right-hander Vin Mazzaro and first
baseman Clint Robinson to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league
pitchers Luis Santos and Luis Rico.

Mazzaro was 4-3 with a 5.73 ERA for the Royals while filling in
as a spot starter because of injuries last season. Robinson struck
out twice in his first four major league at-bats. Both were
designated for assignment on Nov. 20.

The 21-year-old Santos pitched for both Dominican Pirates clubs
last season, combining for a 6-3 record and a 2.44 ERA in 14 games,
including 12 starts. In 62 2-3 innings, he allowed 42 hits, walked
20 and struck out 74 while holding opponents to a .184 average.

Rico, who turns 19 on Thursday, was 0-1 with a 7.04 ERA for the
Dominican Pirates.

Also on Wednesday, the Royals announced that right-hander Chris
Volstad and catcher Brayan Pena chose free agency after clearing
waivers and getting outrighted to the minor leagues.

Volstad and Pena also were designated for assignment on Nov.
20.