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Orioles agree to sign Wei-Ying Chen

Posted on: January 9, 2012 12:46 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2012 2:49 pm
By Matt Snyder

The Orioles have reached a three-year agreement to sign Taiwanese left-handed pitcher Wei-Ying Chen. The deal is for three years and $11.338 million.

Chen gets a $250,000 signing bonus and salaries of $3,072,000 this year, $3,572,000 in 2013 and $4,072,000 in 2014. The Orioles have a $4.75 million option for 2015 with a $372,000 buyout.

He is 26 years old and Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette says Chen has "exceptional command" with a 92 to 94 mph fastball and a hard breaking ball as his "out pitch."

Chen went 8-10 with a 2.68 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 94 strikeouts in 164 2/3 innings pitched last season for the Chunichi Dragons. In his career, he's 36-30 with a 2.48 ERA and 1.06 WHIP.

Here's a video with Chen in action.

As far as how Chen fits in the Orioles' starting rotation, it's a tough call. The O's have Jeremy Guthrie, Zach Britton, Jake Arrieta, Tommy Hunter and Brian Matusz coming back. They've also signed Tsuyoshi Wada this offseason and there's even been talk of Jim Johnson moving into the rotation. The guess is he doesn't, but it's still awfully crowded in terms of possible starters.

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Since: Sep 18, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 8:13 pm

Orioles agree to sign Wei-Ying Chen

Wow! Another foreign pitcher signing with the O's.  He's proabably not heard how bad the Orioles have been over the last several years.  So far, I'm not impressed with what the Orioles have done in the off-season with signing or trading for some no name major league or minor league players and signing a couple of foreign players.  I see cellar dwellers again.  It's tough to be an O's fan seeing what they've done so far.

Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2012 7:27 pm

Orioles agree to sign Wei-Ying Chen

Woohoo. Look out Yanks. Bos. TB, and Tor. There's a new team entering the East race. That's right you guessed it. O R I O L E S!!!

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:07 pm

Orioles agree to sign Wei-Ying Chen

2.48 AND 1.06 are not impressive numbers? What league are YOU watching dude?

Since: Apr 14, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:10 pm

Orioles agree to sign Wei-Ying Chen

Fastball doesn't look that impressive. Average numbers in what equates to AAA baseball. 

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