Braves trade Pena to Royals for Cordier

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) _ The Atlanta Braves have traded Tony Pena
Junior to the Kansas City Royals for minor league pitcher Erik
Cordier (kore-dee-AIR')
Cordier, a right-hander, is recovering from elbow
ligament-replacement surgery.
The Braves said at least four teams inquired about Pena, the son
of former Kansas City manager Tony Pena.
The 26-year-old Pena split the 2006 season between Triple-A
Richmond, where he hit .282 in 81 games, and Atlanta, where he
batted .227 in 40 games.
Pena hit .342 with a homer and six R-B-Is this spring training.
The 21-year-old Cordier was a combined 4-1 with a 2.91 E-R-A for
Class-A Idaho Falls and Burlington last year. He was the Royals'
second-round selection in the 2004 amateur draft and missed the
2005 season following knee surgery.

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