FELIPE PAULINO LET GO?
According to a tweet from Felipe Paulino, he has been let go by the Royals in order to add open spots to the 40-man roster. It should be noted that those tweets have since been deleted. But…
— Bob Dutton (@Royals_Report) November 18, 2013
Paulino missed all of 2013 recovering from Tommy John surgery and complications from his rehab that left him with shoulder and back problems.
Paulino was 7-7 with a 3.55 ERA in 162.1 innings pitched with the Royals. He struck out 158 batters and walked 63 in 28 appearances (27 starts) in Kansas City.
TIM HUDSON TO SIGN WITH SAN FRANCISCO
Free agent pitcher Tim Hudson is expected to sign a two-year, $23 million deal with the San Francisco Giants, according to Bay Area Sports Guy. The deal has been confirmed by Jon Heyman and Buster Olney.
It was believed that Hudson was on the Royals radar as a potential replacement for Ervin Santana if Santana were to leave via free agency. This now leaves Josh Johnson and Phil Hughes as the Royals primary free agent starting pitcher targets if Santana signs elsewhere.
ROYALS SIGN FRANCISCO PENA
The Royals signed 24-year-old minor league catcher Francisco Pena to a major league deal yesterday. Pena batted .254/.300/.429 between AA and AAA last season for the New York Mets system. He also caught 30% of would be base stealers.
Early anticipation is Pena will fight for the opportunity to backup Salvador Perez in 2014. The Royals control the rights to George Kottaras and Brett Hayes, who were the two backup catchers on the 40-man roster last season.
RULE 5 DEADLINE WEDNESDAY
Kansas City have until Wednesday at 11 p.m. to finalize their 40-man roster before the Rule 5 Draft deadline. Players the Royals need to consider protecting include Michael Mariot, Christian Colon, Cheslor Cuthbert, Brett Eibner, Lane Adams, and Brian Fletcher. Colon and Cuthbert will almost assuredly be protected, while the other four have a strong chance of ending up on the 40-man roster as well. However, it is not anticipated that all of Mariot, Eibner, Adams, and Fletcher will need to be protected.
As of now the Royals have two open spots on the 40-man roster even after the signing of Pena and the release of Paulino. Potential 40-man cuts include Chris Getz, Brett Hayes, and Justin Marks. Kansas City also has to consider leaving room to add potential free agents or trade acquisitions.
You can read more about the Rule 5 draft and the Royals from this Bob Dutton article.