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.