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Royals choose Luis Mendoza over Bruce Chen for final rotation spot

Kansas City's Mendoza delivers a pitch against Milwaukee in their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Luis Mendoza delivers a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers during their MLB interleague baseball game in Kansas City, Missouri June 12, 2012. REUTERS/Dave Kaup (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

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Kansas City has decided on Luis Mendoza as the fifth starter, which means Bruce Chen is headed to the bullpen after leading the Royals in starts, wins, and innings last season. Of course, Chen wasn’t actually much good with a 5.07 ERA.

Luke Hochevar was previously shifted to the bullpen by the Royals, so by moving Chen there as well Kansas City is now paying $9 million to a pair of non-setup/closer relievers who both had an ERA above 5.00 last year.

As for Mendoza, he has a 4.97 ERA in 41 career starts, including a 4.19 ERA in 25 starts for the Royals last season. He’ll follow James Shields, Ervin Santana, Jeremy Guthrie, and Wade Davis in the rotation.