Braves Swap Tony Pena, Jr. for Erik Cordier
The right-handed son of New York Yankees first base coach Tony Pena has been given the chance to become an everyday starter with the Royals. The 26-year-old split last year between AAA Richmond, where he batted .282 in 81 games, and Atlanta, where he hit .227 in 40 games. Pena is .342 with a homer and six RBI this spring.
Cordier, just a young pup at 21, went a combined 4-1 with a 2.91 ERA for Class-A Idaho Falls and Burlington last year. As the Royals’ second-round pick in the 2004 amateur draft, the righty missed the entire 2005 season rehabbing from knee surgery and is now recovering from elbow ligament-replacement.