Once again, Wei-Yin Chen was a little below average as a strikeout pitcher, but he finished as a top 40 starter in Fantasy value. The Orioles' lefty continued to be one of the majors' more reliable control artists, as a 1.9 BB/9 ratio helped him to compile career lows in ERA (3.34) and WHIP (1.22). Chen could enjoy even greater success if he allowed fewer home runs, and that just might happen, now that he is a member of the Marlins' rotation, even though they are bringing the fences in at Marlins Park. Chen remains a mid-to-late round option with limited upside for standard mixed league owners.
Chen and the Marlins have reached agreement on a five-year, $80 million contract that includes a sixth-year vesting option, ESPN.com reports. According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the sixth-year option is based on innings pitched, and the contract also includes an opt-out after the second year. The 30-year-old Chen should enjoy a move from the American League to the National League, not to mention a move from Camden Yards to Marlins Park, which takes on added importance because of his fly-ball tendency.
Chen declined the Orioles' qualifying offer and remains a free agent, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports. He is seeking a multi-year deal after posting career-best marks in ERA and WHIP over 191.1 innings in 2015. Despite a sub-40 percent groundball rate and a middling strikeout rate, Chen has been a two-plus WAR pitcher in each of his first four seasons, and the lefty has been able to remain mostly healthy to this point.
Chen was extended a qualifying offer by the Orioles on Friday. The move doesn't come as much of a surprise, as Chen posted another strong season in 2015, working to a 3.34 ERA with 153 strikeouts to just 41 walks in 191.1 innings, about on line with his 2014 output. The lefty turned 30 during the season, but is expected to command a multi-year deal on the open market.
Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen picked up his 11th win of the season in Game 1 of Saturday's double-header against the Yankees, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks over six innings while striking out three. He wraps up the season with three wins and three quality starts in his last four outings, and Chen will go into the books with a 3.34 ERA and 1.22 WHIP over 191 1/3 innings in 2015, numbers right in line with last year.
Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen took the loss Saturday, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks over 5 2/3 innings while striking out seven. He came up one out shy of his third straight quality start, but needed 111 pitches to do it. Chen's next start is scheduled for Thursday in a tough home matchup against the Blue Jays, but the Orioles could elect to give him additional rest again and push him back to the final weekend against the Yankees instead.