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Carlos Sencion sign with Royals

We all know Royals GM Dayton Moore has a soft spot for Braves farm hands, and he's landed another one, signing left handed pitcher Carlos Sencion to a minor league deal. Sencion had a nice season with AA Mississippi and is projectable as a 6'6" lefty, you could easily see him dominating out of the bullpen, but he just turned 24 and hasn't pitched an inning above AA yet. This may turn out to be a loss for the Braves, but with all the other, more highly regarded pitching prospects in the organization, allowing Sencion to leave as a free agent was likely a calculated risk.

 

Moore actually managed to pick up another former Braves minor leaguer this week, also signing shortstop Luis Hernandez to a minor league contract. Hernandez, also 24, was surprisingly good in his debut in the Majors for the Orioles last season, but his normally stellar defense left him this season and he was relegated to AAA for much of the year. Luis is one of my favorite people in baseball, but he really seems to have regressed as a hitter. His defense was once again stellar in AAA, but he looked like he had forgotten how to hit. The Royals already have one former Brave shortstop who can't hit in Tony Pena Jr., so I don't see how Luis really fits into their plans, other than as AAA insurance.

 

The only current Braves minor league transaction was the retirement of infielder Paul Bennett. Bennett played for Myrtle Beach, Mississippi, and Richmond this season, working as a utility infielder. He never had much of a bat, compiling a .219 average in two and a half seasons in the organization, but he was an older player who provided leadership. Hopefully he's able to find a lot of success away from the baseball field.

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