Felipe Paulino, the hard-throwing right-hander last seen giving up a massive walk-off homer to Prince Fielder, has been traded to the Royals for cash, the Rockies announced on their Twitter account.
The Royals designated setup man Robinson Tejeda for assignment to make room for Paulino, according to their Twitter feed.
The Rockies acquired Paulino this offseason in the trade of shortstop Clint Barmes, but designated him for assignment on Saturday. Paulino appeared in 18 games for the Rockies, going 0-4 with a 7.36 ERA. He struck out nearly a battert an inning (14 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings), while walking seven batters. Hitters were hitting .377 against him, although a .455 batting average on balls in play and a 3.36 xFIP (fielding independent pitching, normalized for park values), suggest he was extremely unlucky.
Despite the bad luck, Paulino hasn't proven to anyone he can be a decent pitcher in the big leagues. The Astros used him as a starter, giving him 34 starts over three seasons, going 5-20 with a 5.12 ERA.
Paulino may benefit from leaving the hitter-friendly parks he has pitched in -- Coors Field and Minute Maid Park -- to the more pitcher-friendly Kauffman Stadium. Even if it doesn't lead to results, it's a low-risk move for Kansas City, with some possible upside if he gets it together -- even though that's something that's been said about Paulino, 27, for years now.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.