Originally written on The Viril View: On the KC Royals  |  Last updated 11/9/14
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by John Viril— The Royals sent pitchers Yordano Ventura and Will Smith to minor-league camp on Monday, leaving thing the no.5 rotation job between Bruce Chen and Luis Mendoza. While the competition is still officially continuing, I think the decision has already been made: Bruce Chen will be the no. 5 starter and Mendoza will become the long man. There are $4.5 million reasons why Bruce Chen will open the season in the starting rotation (the size of his 2013 guaranteed contract) while Mendoza is still a league minimum player. Aside from the obvious self-validation for GM Dayton Moore’s roster construction, Chen would also add a left-handed option to an otherwise right-handed rotation. Chen also has had a nice 3-year run as a consistent low-end starting option. He’s made 82 starts, pitched 487.0 innings and fashioned a 4.40 ERA—a solid performance for a no. 5 guy. (of course, the problem has been that Chen as been the TOP of the Royals pathetic rotation during that time—but we won’t ...
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