Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Royals retain catcher

Well, the Royals lucked out today. It seems that Brayan Pena managed to slip through the cracks of the waiver wire afterall and will remain a Royal as the club outrighted the right handed hitting Pena to Triple-A Omaha.

Pena, who broke with the big league club out of spring training as the third-string catcher, went 2-for-7 with a pair of doubles and an RBI this year at the plate while seeing time mainly in mop-up duty. He has shown to be a valuable commodity for the Royals depth chart should Miguel Olivo or John Buck go down to injury this year.
Like the Royals, I myself am also surprised he went uncliamed. Good deal.


Anonymous said...

This is a pleasant surprise!

Wonder why teams passed on him?

If a team picks him up on waivers do they have to stay on their 25 or 40-man roster? And how long?

Anonymous said...

He's out of options, however, every player can be 'outrighted' once in his career. That's what the Royals did.

If he had been claimed off waivers by another team he could have been put on the active roster but since he's out of options if they wanted to send him down they would have had to waive him and the process resumes.

Another team could have claimed him then outrighted to AAA like the Royals did. Why no one did I don't know.

Both Pena and Shane Costa are in the same boat. The next time they're called up that's it. If they're waived and clear waivers they will have the option of becoming a Free Agent or accepting a AAA assignment.