Royals sign C Pena to free-agent contract

The Kansas City Royals have signed catcher Francisco Pena and

added him to the 40-man roster.

The 24-year-old Pena, the son of former Royals manager Tony

Pena, has spent the past six years in the New York Mets

organization. He hit .257 last season for Triple-A Las Vegas with

nine homers and 39 RBIs. He committed just three errors and threw

out 30 percent of stolen-base attempts.

Pena was also a member of the champion Dominican Republic squad

in this past year’s World Baseball Classic, where he was 1 for 2

with an RBI in two tournament games.

The Royals announced the move on Sunday.