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December 11, 2020 12:48 PM
Wei-Yin Chen: Remaining in Japan
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chen signed a contract with the Hanshin Tigers of Nippon Professional Baseball on Friday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

The veteran southpaw was cut by the Mariners before the 2020 season in July and eventually joined the Chiba Lotte Marines of NPB in September. Chen had a 2.42 ERA over 26 innings for the Marines and will continue his career in Japan with the TIgers.

September 22, 2020 09:36 PM
Wei-Yin Chen: Continuing career in Japan
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball announced Monday that Chen signed a contract with the team.

Chen's time in MLB looks to be over after he posted a 6.59 ERA and 1.54 WHIP over 45 relief appearances with the Marlins in 2019 and then failed to win a spot on Seattle's Opening Day roster during summer camp. The 35-year-old southpaw proved to be a massive disappointment after signing a five-year, $80 million contract with Miami in January 2016, but he turned in four solid seasons as a member of Baltimore's rotation prior to landing the massive deal.

June 27, 2020 10:32 AM
Wei-Yin Chen: Cut loose by Mariners
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Mariners released Chen on Saturday, Andersen Pickard of reports.

Chen posted a solid two-inning outing all the way back in late February, but even a likely six-man rotation to open the season apparently won't do enough to keep him in uniform with the club when the regular season opens. Chen tossed 68.1 relief innings to poor results with the Marlins last year and may have a tough time finding a home for the start of 2020.

February 28, 2020 11:48 AM
Mariners' Wei-Yin Chen: Strong in first spring outing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chen fired two scoreless innings in a Cactus League win over the Reds on Wednesday, allowing two hits and recording no walks or strikeouts.

Chen arrived in late January on a minor-league contract and remains an option for the back end of the starting rotation, although he'll likely have to outperform fellow veteran Kendall Graveman to secure a spot. Chen could certainly also fill a multi-inning role out of the bullpen, where he operated exclusively for the Marlins last season and generated a career-worst 6.59 ERA and 1.54 WHIP across 45 appearances.

January 30, 2020 03:36 PM
Mariners' Wei-Yin Chen: Signs with Mariners
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chen signed a minor-league contract with the Mariners on Thursday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. The deal includes an invitation to spring training.

Chen joins the Mariners after being designated for assignment by the Marlins following the 2019 campaign. The veteran southpaw transitioned to a bullpen role last season but struggled to a 6.59 ERA and 1.54 WHIP in 68.1 innings.

November 25, 2019 11:12 PM
Wei-Yin Chen: Cut loose by Miami
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chen was released by the Marlins on Monday, Andersen Pickard of reports.

Chen was designated for assignment Wednesday, and after going unclaimed on waivers, he'll head to the open market, where he's unlikely to draw much interest.

November 20, 2019 08:24 PM
Marlins' Wei-Yin Chen: Designated for assigment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chen was designated for assignment by the Marlins on Wednesday, Andersen Pickard of reports.

This was a pretty big statement by the Marlins, as they paid Chen $22 million to go away so that they could protect one more prospect from the Rule 5 draft. He had a 6.59 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 63 strikeouts in 68.1 innings last season. His MLB career is likely over.

August 6, 2019 11:24 AM
Marlins' Wei-Yin Chen: Effective in long relief
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chen gave up a hit and a walk while striking out three over two scoreless innings of relief in the first game of Monday's doubleheader against the Mets.

The left-hander continues to be used in low-leverage spots -- the Marlins were down 6-2 when he entered Monday's matinee -- but Chen has actually been effective recently in that role, posting a 2.25 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 13:2 K:BB through 12 innings over his last seven appearances. The 34-year-old's overall numbers on the year are still bleak, however, and his lack of fantasy upside should keep him far away from most rosters.

June 28, 2019 11:40 AM
Marlins' Wei-Yin Chen: Showing improvement in June
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chen has posted a 4.50 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 11:2 K:BB through 12 innings of relief in June, recording two holds in nine appearances.

It may not seem like much, but those numbers are a huge improvement for the veteran lefty on his first two months of the season as he transitions to a bullpen role. Chen is the highest-paid Marlin left on the roster -- he's earning $20 million this year and has another two seasons and $38 million left on his deal afterwards -- so if he can continue to find some success as a middle reliever or setup man, the team might just be able to find a taker for him by the trade deadline.

May 10, 2019 10:00 AM
Marlins' Wei-Yin Chen: Adapting to bullpen role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chen gave up a hit and a walk over two scoreless innings of relief while striking out one in Thursday's loss to the Cubs.

While the southpaw's 9.69 ERA and 2.08 WHIP aren't going to attract much trade interest, Chen is showing signs of growing comfortable in a relief role, tossing six scoreless innings over his last four appearances with a 5:1 K:BB. The Marlins would love to shed his contract, but he'll need a longer run of success in long relief before that's got a chance of happening.

April 10, 2019 12:16 PM
Marlins' Wei-Yin Chen: Takes one for team
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chen was charged with 10 runs on seven hits -- including four home runs -- and two walks over two innings in Tuesday's loss to the Reds. He struck out three.

The veteran portsider threw 66 pitches (42 strikes) and while there's no silver lining here for his individual performance, Chen at least saved the Marlins' bullpen from being depleted in a 14-0 rout. He now has a nearly incomprehensible 24.75 ERA and has walked five batters in four innings as he attempts to transition to a relief role.

April 1, 2019 10:48 AM
Marlins' Wei-Yin Chen: Fails to record out in relief
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chen didn't record an out, giving up a hit and a walk, to begin the ninth inning of Sunday's win over the Rockies.

It's interesting that Don Mattingly brought Chen in rather than Adam Conley to face two left-handed batters (Charlie Blackmon and David Dahl) in a save situation, but the veteran hurler did little to encourage the Marlins manager to repeat the experiment. Chen could need some time to adjust to relief work -- only four of his previous 174 MLB appearances came out of the bullpen -- but given his hefty contract, the club has plenty of incentive to find a role for him that might give him some trade value.

March 24, 2019 11:08 AM
Marlins' Wei-Yin Chen: Beginning season in bullpen
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Don Mattlingly announced Sunday that Chen will pitch out of the bullpen to start the season, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports.

The news isn't overly surprising as there's been indications throughout spring that Chen could be slated for some type of bullpen role. The team has yet to announce its official plans for the starting rotation, so the rest of that picture remains a bit murky.

March 19, 2019 12:00 PM
Marlins' Wei-Yin Chen: May be used out of bullpen
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chen could occasionally be deployed out of the bullpen this season even if he breaks camp with a spot in Miami's rotation, Joe Frisaro of reports.

The Marlins have yet to formally outline their rotation plans, but Frisaro suggests the club could be leaning toward carrying seven starters into Opening Day and using two of them as relief/spot-start options. With 12 runs allowed over 11.1 innings this spring, Chen hasn't helped his case for solidifying a permanent rotation spot, so he may be earmarked for one of the swing roles that Frisaro envisions. After demoting Jarlin Garcia and Brian Moran to their minor-league camp Tuesday, the Marlins are lacking in other lefty bullpen arms besides Adam Conley, which offers further incentive for the team to keep another southpaw in Chen on hand in relief, at least occasionally.

March 16, 2019 12:28 PM
Marlins' Wei-Yin Chen: Rough spring continues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chen gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk over four innings in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves. He failed to strike out a batter.

The results could have been a lot worse for the veteran lefty, but the Marlins turned three double plays behind him. Chen is still competing for a rotation spot to begin the season, but his 9.53 ERA and 5:3 K:BB through 11.1 spring innings aren't making a good case, and the Miami front office has incentive to limit his workload and consider him for a long-relief role -- his $16 million option for 2021 automatically vests if he throws 360 total innings over the next two seasons.

September 27, 2018 04:20 PM
Marlins' Wei-Yin Chen: Tagged for five runs in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chen (6-12) took the loss Wednesday against the Nationals, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks across four innings. He struck out one.

Chen registered three scoreless frames but was ultimately done in by an ugly second inning. He allowed all five runs to score in the second frame on a trio of singles, two walks, a double and an error, all before recording an out. The lackluster outing rounds out what was an inconsistent season for the southpaw, who posted some of the more dramatic home/road splits in recent memory (1.62 ERA at home, 9.27 ERA on the road).

September 21, 2018 11:28 PM
Marlins' Wei-Yin Chen: Strikes out eight in scoreless outing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chen struck out eight in seven scoreless innings Friday against the Reds, allowing three hits and no walks in a no-decision.

Chen had a fantastic outing Friday but was locked in a pitcher's duel against the Reds' Luis Castillo. Since the beginning of August, Chen has gone 3-3 with a 2.53 ERA in eight starts, recording 48 strikeouts in 46.1 innings. The left-hander sports a 4.66 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 25 starts on the year. He'll take on the Nationals in his next start in Washington.

September 15, 2018 11:12 AM
Marlins' Wei-Yin Chen: Knocked around vs. Phillies
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chen (6-11) allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out four over four innings Friday, taking the loss against Philadelphia.

Chen gave up three runs in the second inning and two more in the fourth before leaving the game having thrown 79 pitches (47 strikes). He hadn't surrendered more than three runs in a start since July 30 against Atlanta prior to Friday's outing, posting a 1.84 ERA with 36 punchouts through his previous six performances (39.2 innings). He'll look for a better outcome Thursday versus Cincinnati.

September 8, 2018 07:36 PM
Marlins' Wei-Yin Chen: Scuffles through four innings
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chen (6-10) took the loss Saturday at Pittsburgh, allowing three runs on five hits over four innings. He struck out six and walked two.

Chen threw first-pitch strikes to only seven of the 18 batters he faced as he needed 86 pitches to get through four innings. The 33-year-old had a 1.44 ERA and 0.80 WHIP over his last five starts before Saturday and will look to regain that form against the Mets next Thursday.

September 2, 2018 10:36 AM
Marlins' Wei-Yin Chen: Continues hot streak
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chen (6-9) gave up one run and scattered three hits and no walks while striking out seven over eight innings Saturday in the Marlins' victory over the Blue Jays.

Chen cruised to his second consecutive win while allowing two or fewer earned runs for the fifth straight outing. This was the first time he has worked more than six innings in a start this season, while his 107 pitches represented his third-highest total of the year. His next outing is expected to come next weekend in Pittsburgh.

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