Royals make deal to send Mazzaro, Robinson to Pirates

KANSAS CITY (AP) — The Kansas City Royals traded right-hander Vin Mazzaro and first baseman Clint Robinson to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor-league pitchers Luis Santos and Luis Rico on Wednesday.

Mazzaro was 4-3 with a 5.73 ERA for the Royals while filling in as a spot starter because of injuries last season. Robinson struck out twice in his first four major league atbats. Both were designated for assignment Nov. 20.

The 21-year-old Santos pitched for both Dominican Pirates clubs last season, combining for a 6-3 record and a 2.44 ERA in 14 games, including 12 starts. In 62 2 /3 innings, he allowed 42 hits, walked 20 and struck out 74 while holding opponents to a .184 average.

Rico, who turns 19 today, was 0-1 with a 7.04 ERA for the Dominican Pirates.

Also Wednesday, the Royals announced right-hander Chris Volstad and catcher Brayan Pena chose free agency after clearing waivers and getting outrighted to the minor leagues.

Volstad and Pena also were designated for assignment Nov. 20.

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