Bruce Chen wants a multi-year deal

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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.

Rays trade Jake Odorizzi to Twins

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The Rays have traded right-hander Jake Odorizzi to the Twins, per team announcements on Saturday evening. The Twins will receive minor league shortstop Jermaine Palacios in the deal. Despite previous speculation, recently-DFA’d outfielder Corey Dickerson was not included in the trade.

With Odorizzi, the Twins finally have the front-end starter they’ve been seeking all winter. It’s a bargain deal as well, as the 27-year-old righty is under contract through 2019 and didn’t require the club to part with any of their top-shelf prospects in the trade. Odorizzi will be looking to stage a comeback in 2018 after a dismal performance with the Rays last year, during which he eked out a career-worst 4.14 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 through 143 1/3 innings.

Palacios, 21, ranked no. 27 in the Twins’ system last season. He split his year between Single-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers, raking a combined .296/.333/.454 with 13 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 539 plate appearances. He’s expected to continue developing at shortstop, though he’s also seen limited time at second and third base during his four-year career in the minors.