Royals Rumors: Chen, Francoeur and Broxton

HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 20: Jonathan Broxton #51 of the Kansas City Royals throws in the ninth inning to retire the side against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on June 20, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Kansas City defeats Houston 2-1. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore has received zero calls so far on veteran players Jeff Francoeur, Bruce Chen and Jonathan Broxton, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

Despite the Royals overall record of 32-39, they are still in the mix in the American League Central. Last night’s victory put Kansas City five games behind the Central-leading Chicago White Sox.

For this reason, it’s not a sure thing that the Royals will look to sell this summer. While a majority of their roster includes young players that figure to be around for years to come, Kansas City does have several veterans, including Francoeur, Chen and Broxton, that are likely to be appealing to contenders looking for upgrades.

Francoeur is candidate to be moved even if the Royals are not calling themselves sellers due to the presence of top prospect Wil Myers. On the year, Francoeur has hit at a clip of .264/.301/.396.

Chen’s ERA for 2012 (4.81) might not appeal to opposing teams, but the 35-year-old has produced a decent WHIP so far this season (1.287). Chen has maintained 6.4 SO/9 and 2.0 BB/9 over his 82 1/3 innings pitched.

Broxton has transitioned well to the American League, as the right-hander has posted an ERA and WHIP of 1.57 and 1.291 over his 28 appearances.

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