Royals, Chen agree to terms on two-year contract

KANSAS CITY, MO (November 23, 2011) – The Kansas City Royals announced tonight that the club has agreed to terms on a two-year Major League contract with left-handed pitcher Bruce Chen through the 2013 season, pending a physical exam.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Chen, 34, was named the 2011 Bruce Rice Royals Pitcher of the Year after leading the club in wins for the second consecutive season.  He went 12-8 with a career-best 3.77 ERA in 25 starts, leading all Royals starters in ERA.  The 2010 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner was especially successful against A.L. Central opponents, compiling an 8-3 record with a 2.47 ERA in 14 starts.  Chen capped his season by going 6-3 with a 2.93 ERA over his final 10 starts.  Since joining the Royals rotation on May 30, 2010, Chen has compiled a 23-15 record with a 4.00 ERA in 48 starts.  He became the first Royals southpaw to win 12 or more games in back-to-back seasons since Charlie Leibrandt did so in four straight campaigns from 1985-1988.