Sat, 08 Feb 2014 09:42:42 -0800
Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore said SPs James Shields, Jason Vargas, Jeremy Guthrie and Bruce Chen are penciled into the rotation to start the year. Moore suggested that SP Yordano Ventura may have a leg up on the competition for the fifth and final rotation spot this spring. Moore also said they won't hesitate to use Ventura in the bullpen "if that's how it unfolds." "We think he's ready for the major leagues. Certainly spring training will help validate that opinion," Moore said, adding, "We expect him to be one of our 12 pitchers when we break camp unless something unforeseen happens." Ps Luke Hochevar, Wade Davis, Danny Duffy and Chris Dwyer are all a notch behind Ventura heading into spring training.
Sat, 01 Feb 2014 11:29:48 -0800
Updating previous reports, Kansas City Royals SP Bruce Chen's one-year contract is worth $3 million. The deal also includes a $5.5 million mutual option for the 2015 season with a $1.25 million buyout. If Chen makes 16 starts in 2014, he would receive a $125,000 bonus, along with an additional $125,000 for his 17th through 25th starts.
Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:19:51 -0800
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said SP Bruce Chen likely will be the team's No. 4 starting pitcher this season.
Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:56:58 -0800
The Kansas City Royals re-signed SP Bruce Chen to an undisclosed one-year deal Thursday, Jan. 30. The deal includes a mutual option for the 2015 season. Chen went 9-4 with a 3.27 ERA in 15 starts and 19 relief outings last year.
Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:44:47 -0700
Kansas City Royals SP Danny Duffy will have his next scheduled start for Friday, Sept. 13, skipped. SP Bruce Chen will face the Detroit Tigers instead.
Mon, 08 Jul 2013 13:40:13 -0700
Kansas City Royals SP Bruce Chen will replace SP Luis Mendoza in the starting rotation. Mendoza will move to long relief.
Fantasy Tip: At best, Chen is a spot starter in cavernous mixed formats for the pitching-desperate.
Mon, 20 May 2013 16:53:22 -0700
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said he's looking to "mix and match" different relievers in the eighth inning to give RP Kelvin Herrera a chance to pitch in lower-leverage situations. RPs Aaron Crow, Tim Collins, Luke Hochevar or even Bruce Chen could become the primary setup man to RP Greg Holland while Herrera works on some things. Herrera allowed a game-winning homer Sunday, May 19, and it was his eighth homer allowed in his last 14 innings.
Fantasy Tip: There's no telling who might emerge as the new eighth-inning setup man, or if Herrera will get the job back rather quickly. Herrera can be dropped now in most leagues as Holland's primary handcuff while he works out his problems in allowing the long ball.
Tue, 26 Mar 2013 09:12:13 -0700
Kansas City Royals SP Luis Mendoza won the No. 5 spot in the rotation. SP Bruce Chen is headed to the bullpen.
Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:15:23 -0700
The Kansas City Royals named SP James Shields as their opening day starter. He'll be followed by SPs Ervin Santana, Jeremy Guthrie, Wade Davis and either Bruce Chen or Luis Mendoza.
Thu, 21 Mar 2013 15:17:03 -0700
Kansas City Royals SP Bruce Chen allowed four runs in the first inning over five innings against minor leaguers Thursday, March 21. However, he gave up no runs and two singles while striking out four and walking none over his final four innings. Chen is competing with SP Luis Mendoza for the final rotation spot.
Fantasy Tip: Chen is the favorite to win the last rotation spot, even though Mendoza has more upside of the two. Chen is useful in the deepest of AL leagues, but only as an innings eater.