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The Royals announced today that the club has signed left-handed pitcher Bruce Chen to a one-year contract for the 2014 season, with a mutual option for 2015. In a corresponding roster move, infielder Emilio Bonifacio was designated for assignment.
Chen, 36, completed his fifth season with the Royals in 2013, going 9-4 with a 3.27 ERA (44 ER in 121.0 IP) in 34 appearances (15 starts). The veteran worked out of the bullpen the first three months of the season, before earning a spot in the rotation on July 12. He posted a 5-0 mark and a 1.62 ERA (13 ER in 72.1 IP) from the start of the year to August 17.
A fan favorite, Chen was introduced to great applause on Saturday at Royals FanFest. He participated in two main stage programs, autograph sessions and a speed pitch activity (the soft-tossing lefty joked a little about his involvement in the speed pitch).
It has been a busy 24 hours for the Royals…last night, lefty reliever Tim Collins agreed to terms on a 2014 contract, avoiding arbitration.
Today, infielder Emilio Bonifacio, right-handed pitcher Luke Hochevar and first baseman Eric Hosmer all agreed to terms, leaving just three unsigned arbitration-eligible players: right-handed pitchers Aaron Crow and Greg Holland and outfielder Justin Maxwell.
Royals skipper Ned Yost met with the media this afternoon prior to KC’s middle game vs. Washington. Yost first discussed the progression of Eric Hosmer this season, and how people around the league are beginning to take notice of his potential. Yost stated that he believes Hosmer is beginning to transition in to the role of a prototypical number three hitter. “When he first came up I always thought he’d be a number three hitter, and the numbers have definitely bared that out, this year especially. I think over the last couple months he’s been one of the best hitters in all of baseball.”
Yost then talked about what new Royal Emilio Bonifacio can bring to the table for the club as they look to make a final run to the postseason. “(He’s) a switch hitter, he can bunt, he can do some things, he can run. When Toronto went on their good run this year, Bonifacio was hitting second in their lineup, so we’ll see how it goes.”
Yost concluded by discussing the club’s tough 11-10 loss last night. While the club’s pitching struggle, the offense came back to life. “As hard as that game was to swallow last night, the one positive was the offense. It felt really good, it felt like here we go we go we’re getting back on track again. We don’t pitch many games like that, we haven’t done it all year long, so the key was getting the offense back. If we get the offense back and going again we could get another good run going.”
The Royals and Nationals wrap up the series tomorrow. KC will host Tampa Bay in a one-game makeup on Monday.
The Royals announced today that they have acquired veteran infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for cash considerations or a Player to be Named. In a corresponding roster move, the Royals have transferred infielder Miguel Tejada to the 60-day Disabled List.
Bonifacio, 28, was traded to the Blue Jays from the Miami Marlins this offseason. He’s hitting .218 this year with 16 doubles, 3 homers and 12 stolen bases. The sixth-year utility man has 122 stolen bases in his career in 156 attempts (78%), including a career-best 40 thefts in 2011. He set career highs in nearly every offensive category in 2011 with the Marlins, batting .296 with 26 doubles, 7 triples, 5 homers and 78 runs scored. A switch-hitter, Bonifacio has shown his versatility this season, playing all three outfield positions as well as second base and shortstop.
Emilio’s younger brother, Jorge, is an outfield prospect in the Royals’ organization, currently at Double-A with Northwest Arkansas.
Tejada, 39, was hitting .288 for KC this season with 16 doubles, 3 homers and 26 RBI.