And yes, the Royals are dutifully saying he has a legitimate shot this spring to win the final spot in the rotation.
But considering that Hochevar was lights out as a reliever last season and that he completely turned his troubling career around in 2013, the question becomes: Is Hochevar -- and are the Royals, for that matter -- better off if he stays in the bullpen, thus leaving a good thing alone?
That is the debate that Royals manager Ned Yost will be engaged in this spring as he assembles his pitching staff: Don't fix it if it isn't broken.
"It's definitely something you weigh," Yost told reporters in Surprise, Ariz. "We're going to have to think that through. We're going to have to think hard on how to put the best pitching staff together.
"This spring we will have to evaluate and determine what exactly is the best bullpen or best pitching staff we can possibly have, and make the proper adjustments."