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Wei-Yin Chen | Starting Pitcher

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/21/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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According to agent Scott Boras, the Orioles haven't approached him about a contract extension for Wei-Yin Chen.
Chen has been a popular name in trade rumors this winter after going 16-6 with a 3.54 ERA this past season. Chen is making just $4.75 million next year, so he's certainly going to get a raise from someone prior to the 2016 season. Boras clients are notorious for wanting to test the open market, so even if the O's came calling there's no guarantee a deal would get done before Chen hit free agency. Wed, Dec 10, 2014 06:17:00 PM

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League-wide interest in Wei-Yin Chen is "very high," according to Orioles executives who talked with Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.

The Orioles have received more inquiry about Chen than any other player, despite the fact that the team isn't shopping the lefty, Connolly said. The club had previously discussed a deal with the Angels in which they would acquire Howie Kendrick for Chen, but it ultimately went nowhere. Chen will make just $4.75 million next season and won 16 games in 2014, making him a valuable asset on the trade market but one who might ultimately be most valuable to the Orioles.
Sat, Dec 6, 2014 07:23:00 PM

Orioles exercised LHP Wei-Yin Chen's $4.75 million option for 2015.

It's a no-brainer. Chen has put up a 3.86 ERA and 1.27 WHIP across 86 starts over the last three seasons for the Orioles, proving to be a bargain after coming over from Japan. He'll be a big part of the Baltimore rotation again next season.
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 06:09:00 PM

The Orioles will exercise Wei-Yin Chen's $4.75 million option for 2015.

It's obviously a no-brainer move. Chen has proved to be a bargain, as the O's paid him just $11 million over the last three seasons to post a 3.86 ERA and 1.27 WHIP across 86 starts. He'll be an integral part of their rotation again next season.
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 09:43:00 AM

Wei-Yin Chen was solid but not good enough Tuesday, getting charged with two runs on seven hits and a walk over 5 1/3 frames in the ALCS Game 3 loss.

Chen struck out four and all seven hits he allowed were singles. He gave up an RBI groundout in the fourth, though, and the go-ahead run came home in the sixth on a sac fly by Billy Butler after the lefty exited the game. The Orioles will turn to Miguel Gonzalez in Game 4 as they look to stave off elimination.
Tue, Oct 14, 2014 11:19:00 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that Wei-Yin Chen will still start Game 3 of the ALCS against the Royals on Tuesday.

Monday's scheduled game got pushed back to Tuesday because of rain, but Showalter isn't making any changes. Chen allowed five runs over just 3 2/3 innings in Game 2 of the ALDS against the Tigers back on October 3.
Mon, Oct 13, 2014 04:47:00 PM

Wei-Yin Chen looked good early but lost it in a hurry Friday, allowing five runs over just 3 2/3 frames but escaping with a no-decision in a 7-6 win over the Tigers in Game 2 of the ALDS.

Chen allowed just one baserunner through three scoreless innings to start off the game, but he was lit up in the fourth for six hits -- including back-to-back homers -- before being lifted. The good news for the Orioles is that Kevin Gausman and Brad Brach yielded just one run over the next 4 1/3 frames before the O's rallied to take the lead. Miguel Gonzalez will take on David Price Sunday as Baltimore looks to close out the series.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 04:32:00 PM

Wei-Yin Chen will start for the Orioles in Game 2 of their ALDS matchup with the Tigers.

Chris Tillman is starting Game 1 on Thursday. Chen went 16-6 during the regular season with a 3.54 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 136/35 K/BB ratio in 185 2/3 innings. He'll be facing off against Justin Verlander on Friday.
Thu, Oct 2, 2014 02:21:00 PM

Wei-Yin Chen gave up three runs -- two earned -- in six innings Saturday in a loss to the Blue jays.

Toronto got to him for two runs in the third inning on a pair of RBI doubles and then one more run in the fifth on a Christian Walker fielding error. Chen allowed five hits in all and issued one walk. He struck out three. The left-hander will finish the 2014 regular season with a cool 16-6 record, 3.54 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 136/35 K/BB ratio in 185 2/3 innings.
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 06:36:00 PM

Wei-Yin Chen picked up his 16th win by holding the Blue Jays to two runs in 5 2/3 innings on Monday.

Chen is the first Orioles left-hander to win 16 games since Jimmy Key in 1997. Actually, he's just the second Orioles pitcher using either hand to win 16 games this millennium, joining Chris Tillman (16 wins in 2013). Since 1990, they've had only one pitcher win more than 16 games; Mike Mussina did it four times.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 10:51:00 PM

Wei-Yin Chen tossed seven innings of one-run ball in Wednesday's 10-6 victory over the Red Sox.

The lone run he allowed was on a Xander Bogaerts solo shot in the bottom of the seventh inning. Chen was dominant, yielding only three total hits and zero walks while fanning four. He'll carry a 15-4 record, 3.59 ERA, and 1.21 WHIP into his next start at home versus the Blue Jays. Baltimore is 27 games above .500.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 05:07:00 PM

Wei-Yin Chen did not allow a run in six innings of work on Friday.

Chen struck out three and walked three, scattering four hits. Neither he nor Tampa starter Alex Cobb factored into the decision in this one. The 29-year old has a 3.69 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 119/31 K/BB ratio and a 14-4 record. He'll shoot for win fifteen when he faces off with the Red Sox in his next start.
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 01:44:00 AM

Wei-Yin Chen struck out seven while allowing four runs over 6 2/3 innings in Sunday's win over the Twins.

Chen gave up a two-run homer to Trevor Plouffe in the fourth, one of eight hits allowed on the afternoon. Chen has been plenty good this season, owning a 3.83 ERA through 26 starts, but the fact that he's among the league leaders in wins at 14-4 speaks to the fluky nature of the statistic. Even so, Chen and the Orioles will surely take it. The left-hander will square off with the Rays in Tampa on Friday.
Sun, Aug 31, 2014 05:11:00 PM

Orioles optioned LHP Wei-Yin Chen to the Gulf Coast League Orioles.

It's just a paper move, as Chen will rejoin the rotation on Sunday. Steve Clevenger has taken his spot on the roster.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 03:20:00 PM

Wei-Yin Chen got a no-decision despite failing to make it through the fifth inning as the Orioles defeated the Rays 4-2 on Tuesday.

Chen didn't have his best stuff on Tuesday, failing to record a strikeout on any of the 22 batters he faced. Overall, he yielded seven hits and three walks. He was lucky to have only allowed the two runs, as Brad Brach bailed him out to finish off the fifth inning. Chen has a 3.76 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP, and a 109/28 K/BB ratio. The lefty, still 13-4, will match up against the Twins at home on Tuesday in his next start.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 11:37:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Caleb Joseph
3Steve Clevenger
1B1Chris Davis
2Christian Walker
3Ryan Lavarnway
2B1Jonathan Schoop
2Everth Cabrera
SS1J.J. Hardy
2Paul Janish
3Rey Navarro
3B1Manny Machado
2Ryan Flaherty
3Jimmy Paredes
4Jayson Nix
LF1Alejandro De Aza
2Delmon Young
3Chris Parmelee
4Nolan Reimold
CF1Adam Jones
2Julio Borbon
RF1Travis Snider
2Delmon Young
3David Lough
DH1Steve Pearce
2J.P. Arencibia
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Tillman
2Wei-Yin Chen
3Bud Norris
4Miguel Gonzalez
5Kevin Gausman
6Ubaldo Jimenez
7Tyler Wilson
8Eddie Gamboa
9Jason Garcia
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Zach Britton
2Tommy Hunter
3Darren O'Day
4Brian Matusz
5Wesley Wright
6Brad Brach
7T.J. McFarland
8Ryan Webb
9Oliver Drake
10Chaz Roe
11Cesar Cabral
12Mark Hendrickson