Luke Hochevar has struggled mightily at the big-league level. The former No. 1 pick has been a regular fixture in the Royals' rotation since 2008, but has a pretty terrible 5.45 ERA over 127 starts in that span.
Despite his struggles, and though the Royals no longer have a place for him in the rotation, the club is still asking for "quite a bit" from those interested in acquiring him, reports Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.
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It is somewhat surprising that teams are calling the Royals about Hochevar at all, but even more so that Kansas City is playing hard to get with the 29-year-old. Manager Ned Yost announced on Wednesday that Hochevar is moving to the bullpen full-time and will not be in the running for the No. 5 spot in the rotation, according to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, so it is unclear why the team seems unwilling to part with the right-hander.
The Royals will give Hochevar $4.56 million in 2013, a rather steep price to pay for a pitcher who has never been better than replacement level and has been relegated to fighting for a job in an already stacked bullpen. A Super-Two player, Hochevar has one more year of arbitration before he hits free agency.