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The Royals are scrounging for pitching

Jan 11, 2011, 9:34 AM EDT

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

Dick Kaegel of reports that the Royals haven’t ruled out re-signing Bruce Chen:

With Carl Pavano apparently heading back to the Twins, the thin free-agent market still includes Kevin Millwood, linked earlier with the Royals, and their top winner from last year, lefty Bruce Chen. Millwood’s name doesn’t stir much response from Moore.

What about Chen?

“We’re still open-minded with that. He performed very well with us last year and he showed us what he had, and we’ve got a comfort level there,” Moore said.

Chen’s walk rate and strikeout rates were basically the same in 2010 as they were during his truly awful previous few seasons.  He allowed a couple fewer hits a game, which could be a function of random chance. Still, for the Royals he’s the devil they know versus a lot of devils they don’t know, and given how bad their pitching looks to be at the moment, you figure it can’t hurt to bring him back.

I am rather surprised at Moore’s apparent lack of interest in Kevin Millwood.  Hello! Former Brave! I thought that was the sort of thing he got off on.

  1. BC - Jan 11, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    When Bruce Chen is your top winner from last year, and your considering signing a guy who was something like 5-19 the year before, you might as well just be contracted.
    Or merged with the Mets. Unsure which would be a worse fate.

    • spudchukar - Jan 11, 2011 at 11:44 AM

      BC, I believe in free speech and all, but certain images are best not conjured, much less shared. The merger suggestion is just too gruesome, even for adults.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Jan 11, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    This is just too (TFT) obvious. Here (TFT) you can go (TFT) after an ex-(TFT)Yankee, and begin to reverse (TFT) the process!

  3. Jonny 5 - Jan 11, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    So, the Phillies have a couple of pitchers to fill one spot. I’m assuming this is the perfect time to make a trade involving one of them. The phills need some help from the right side of the plate, and they can use an OF. Time to take advantage imo.

    Trivia: Who throws the nastiest curve ball in the major leagues right now???


    • BC - Jan 11, 2011 at 10:23 AM

      We’ll give you Luis Castillo for a warm bucket of excrement.

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 11, 2011 at 10:50 AM

        Sorry, due to the inclement weather in the northeast “warm” buckets of excrement are very hard to come by and are becoming increasingly valuable . Will you take Danys Baez?

  4. Joe - Jan 11, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Man, too bad the Royals couldn’t find themselves a terrific young ace.

  5. ja4ed - Jan 11, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Jeff Francis anyone?

  6. bobwsc - Jan 11, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    what a joke – and they get the 2012 all-star game?

  7. Old Gator - Jan 11, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    “Millwood’s name doesn’t stir much response from Moore.”

    Is he kidding? Defibrillation doesn’t stir much of a response from Moore.

  8. Tyree Studio - Jan 11, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Although stat-geek will prove that Chen wasn’t really that good of a pitcher last year, KC did as a team, have more success with him pitching than Greinke.

  9. xmatt0926x - Jan 11, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    I’m sorry. I dispute the validity of this story. My 1st reason is the fact that it states that Bruce Chen is still in the league. My 2nd reason is that it states that not only is he still in the league but that there is a team that seemingly desires to retain his services. This guy is as soft as tissue paper and wouldn’t cut it in a tough beer league. This must be a different Bruce Chen then the one that pitched for my team(phillies) a few years back. No way that punk has lasted this long. Man, make me a bad lefty in my next life.

    • Tyree Studio - Jan 11, 2011 at 5:27 PM

      I am already trying to make sure my 15 month old son only throws left-handed for this very reason…

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