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Bruce Chen wants a multi-year deal

Nov 3, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

Kansas City's Chen winds up a pitch against Tampa Bay during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that  Royals pitcher  Bruce Chen said he is looking for a multi-year contract this winter. Which will make him a former Royals pitcher because Kansas City isn’t going to give him such a deal.

Not a bad bounce back year for Chen, who went 12-7 with a 4.17 ERA in 33 games.  But any team looking to sign him should beware: his walk rate and strikeout rates were basically the same as they were during his truly awful previous few seasons.  He did allow a couple fewer hits a game in 2010, but that stuff can fluctuate.  Really, the best you can reasonably hope from Chen is generally competent long-man/swingman work, and that’s just not the sort of thing anyone should be shelling out multiple years for.
  1. elmaquino - Nov 3, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    Bruce IS getting better with the bb-k thing. his pitch coach tought him to concentrate on having fewer 3-ball counts and more first-pitch strikes. you saw that in his last (and best) game of the year in his CGSHO

  2. xmatt0926x - Nov 3, 2010 at 11:51 PM

    Ohh man. This guy wants a multi-year deal?? I cant believe he is still in the league. When he pitched for the phillies years back he had no competitive fire, no backbone. He was one of those guys with no fight in him and the coaches would constantly become irritated with his laid back attitude. Needless to say he didnt last long. He needs to stay in a place like KC and take whatever they are willing to offer him. if he was right handed he would have been out of the league 8 years ago.

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