Pitcher Bruce Chen has signed a one-year deal for $2 million -- plus another $1.5 million in performance bonuses --to stay with the Kansas City Royals, pending a physical.
Chen, 33, was 12-7 with a 4.17 ERA in 23 starts with the Royals last season. He allowed 136 hits, struck out 98, walked 57 and had a 1.375 WHIP over 140 1/3 innings.
Chen won the Joe Burke Special Achievement Award for the Royals in 2010. He began the campaign as a non-roster invitee to spring training after signing a minor league contract and opened the year at Omaha (AAA) before having his contract purchased by K.C. on April 23.
The southpaw made 10 relief appearances, picking up his first career save, before joining the rotation on May 30 at Boston. Chen capped his season with a two-hit shutout in a 7-0 win on October 1 against the A.L. East Champion Tampa Bay Rays.