Bruce Chen Returns To Royals

Bruce Chen has played for ten different major league teams and never for one team longer than three years. That changed today.

On the heels of another consistent showing in 2011, Chen has agreed to a new contract that will put him in Royal blue for two more years. It will extend his time with the club to a total of five years, two years longer then his stays in Atlanta and Baltimore in his career.

Chen has been consistent and solid for the Royals over the last three seasons and looks to shore up a rotation that includes newcomer Jonathan Sanchez, Luke Hochevar, Felipe Paulino and Danny Duffy.

Chen will earn $9 million over the next two seasons with bonuses and incentives that could bring that to a total of $11 million.

Here’s a look at Chen’s numbers with Kansas City:

Year Tm W L ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP H/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2009 KCR-min 4 2 3.40 14 13 0 3 3 0 82.0 57 33 31 8 23 69 0.976 6.3 7.6 3.00
2009 KCR 1 6 5.78 17 9 4 0 0 0 62.1 74 42 40 12 25 45 1.588 10.7 6.5 1.80
2010 KCR-min 0 1 1.31 3 3 0 0 0 0 20.2 13 3 3 0 5 20 0.871 5.7 8.7 4.00
2010 KCR 12 7 4.17 33 23 4 1 1 1 140.1 136 68 65 17 57 98 1.375 8.7 6.3 1.72
2011 KCR-min 0 1 8.18 3 3 0 0 0 0 11.0 16 10 10 3 1 10 1.545 13.1 8.2 10.00
2011 KCR 12 8 3.77 25 25 0 1 0 0 155.0 152 71 65 18 50 97 1.303 8.8 5.6 1.94
KCR (3 yrs) 25 21 4.28 75 57 8 2 1 1 357.2 362 181 170 47 132 240 1.381 9.1 6.0 1.82
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/23/2011.

Fans and experts seemed to think Kansas City was a good home for Bruce Chen. His return to the team solidifies a rotation that may not wow many fans, but is certainly looking to shape up for consistency for the young Royals. The only question that remains was the price tag and whether or not Chen can live up to it.

Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball as well as the Assignment Editor for BaseballDigest.com.
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