Royals Acquire Paulino From Rockies, DFA Tejeda

The Rockies have traded right-hander Felipe Paulino to the Royals for cash considerations, according to the Rockies' official Twitter page.  In a corresponding move, Kansas City designated right-handed pitcher Robinson Tejeda for assignment.

In 14.2 innings this season, Paulino has a 7.36 ERA with 8.6 K/9, 4.3 BB/9, and 14.1 H/9.  The fireballer owns a 5.93 ERA with 8.1 K/9 and 3.9 BB/9 in 65 career games – 34 of them starts.

Meanwhile, Tejeda hasn't seen a great deal of action in 2011, allowing five runs in 7.1 innings of work.  For his big league career, the 29-year-old has a 4.42 ERA with 7.6 K/9 and 5.0 BB/9.  While he's worked mostly out of the bullpen, he did make six starts for the Royals in 2009.  His $1.55MM salary for '11 is likely to dissuade teams from picking him up.

Colorado designated Paulino for assignment late Saturday night after being initially being unable to find a taker for him.  Days earlier, the Rox shipped Franklin Morales to the Red Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

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