I'd have given up on Hochevar, but as to the general point. . . .In 2000-2001 the Royals had a starting pitcher named Blake Stein. Acquired in mid-season, 2000, he made 17 starts for them and was 8-5, 4.68 ERA. They were generally pleased with that. In 2001 he made 15 starts, 21 relief appearances, with a 4.74 ERA, which actually was a better-than-league ERA in 2001. In his 15 starts he was 6-6, 5.08 ERA. In 2002 he was in their bullpen, and, admittedly, he was terrible in 2002.
But let's go back to 2001. Who did they have, who was better than Blake Stein, to take his place? Who was it that they wanted to get into the rotation, who was BETTER than a 4.70 ERA?
And if you don't have somebody BETTER, what's the point of trying somebody ELSE?
Same era, 2000, they had a pitcher named Mac Suzuki. In 2000 he was 8-10, 4.34 ERA. In 2001 he made 9 starts for them. Well, OK. . .who you got that's better than that?
There are two ways to look at it:
a) We gave him a chance, he wasn't that good; let's give somebody else a chance, or
b) We tried him, he wasn't that bad, let's see if we can build on it.
Maybe it's just a philosophy thing, but I say, let's build on it. After Stein they tried Jeff Austin, and then Chris George, and then Darrell May, and then Kyle Snyder, and then Mike Wood, and then Jimmy Gobble. Through 2012 they were still in that phase, just trying this guy and that guy. As long as a pitcher doesn't get hurt, he's got a chance to get better.