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    Good lord, help us: Bruce Chen is available.

    Jeff Passan from Yahoo Sports is reporting that the Royals are shopping Bruce Chen and Luke Hochevar.


    • Chen makes $4.5M last year and posted a 5.07 ERA but threw 191 inning.
    • Hochevar had a 5.73 ERA and threw 185 innings, but is just 29 years old and a former #1 overall pick. He'll likely cost about $5M but had a 7.0 K/9. Home runs killed him.


    I can see the Twins looking at the salaries being thrown around here and nibbling at these guys. It seems like they've always been impressed by Chen.

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    no no no no no no no no no no no no no no for the love of god NO!

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    "Shopping" them? How about leaving them out on the curb with a ratty sofa and cardboard signs on all of them that say "FREE!" ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaBombo View Post
    "Shopping" them? How about leaving them out on the curb with a ratty sofa and cardboard signs on all of them that say "FREE!" ?
    i would rather pick up a lawn mower on the side of the road with no blades.

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    You may as well pencil Chen into our rotation right now. We'll give up Arcia for him.

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    I'm deathly afraid of the Twins acquiring Chen. Yikes. Hochevar might be a worthwhile gamble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raindog View Post
    I'm deathly afraid of the Twins acquiring Chen. Yikes. Hochevar might be a worthwhile gamble.
    Hochevar maybe. But he is 29 years old now. He has never had a good season. So probably not...

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    The Twins and Royals have literally never swung a trade in my lifetime, and I'm 30. But based on that logic, a trade is all the more imminent.

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    The Royals are hoping to find someone to give up anything for Hochevar because on Friday, they'll non-tender him and get nothing in return. So, no need to give up anything for him when he can be had as a free agent in 2-3 days.

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    Ya, because signing him as a FA sounds like a great idea, when you are trying to gather legit SP....
    Lighten up Francis....

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    Picking up the trash the Royals deem unfit really gets me excited. Perhaps one day too the Twins can strive to have the quality rotation the Royals annully run to the mound.

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    Hochevar could be nontendered and much cheaper if the Twins wait. There is a glimmer of hope that he is 29 and some possible upside.

    No upside with Chen.

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    No, pretty bad, who would take them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Top Gun View Post
    No, pretty bad, who would take them?
    If the royals wont take them that means basically....NO ONE WILL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Top Gun View Post
    No, pretty bad, who would take them?
    The very same guy who signed Jason Marquis, that's "who". Not Chen, though, definitely Hochevar.
    Chen's agent is Boras and makes up to $6M, TR wouldn't touch him with a 10' pole, unless the Royals atttached most of Chen's next year salary to the end of that pole.
    Last edited by jokin; 11-28-2012 at 10:23 PM.

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    I agree on Hochevar - nobody is touching him until he's non-tendered.

    Double-checking Chen's salary, he could make as much as $6M with incentives.

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    Unfortunately, we all know the Twins won't be able to help themselves. But really, he's not terrible. Chen is generally below average which, in fact, does rank above supreme mediocrity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
    The Royals are hoping to find someone to give up anything for Hochevar because on Friday, they'll non-tender him and get nothing in return. So, no need to give up anything for him when he can be had as a free agent in 2-3 days.
    3 more days with Hochevar could actually really pay dividends for the long run. I like saying his last name. I seriously have no idea why, but it hasn't been affecting my daily activities so I think I'm ok.

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    If for some reason they sign or trade for those two maybe the Twins would sign or trade for two stellar middle infielders.

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