In defense of the Royals’ signing of Bruce Chen

  • Bruce Chen is a keeper for the Royals.

Watching the Kansas City Royals can do strange things to a man. It can make Ned Yost fall in love with Chris Getz. It can convince a man to wear a cape and travel the country with his favorite team. And it now leads me to doing what I never thought I would be doing in this space: defending the Royals’ signing of Bruce Chen to a two-year, $9 million contract.

Fangraphs.com has put together a list of the “10 worst transactions of The Winter,” and Chen’s deal is right there at No. 9. To the average reader outside Kansas City, it’s a perfectly sensible inclusion. But numbers alone can’t tell this story.

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