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Wei-Yin Chen | Starting Pitcher | #54

Team: Miami Marlins
Age / DOB:  (30) / 7/21/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2012 / UDFA / BAL
Contract: view contract details

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Wei-Yin Chen handcuffed the Brewers on Saturday night before his bullpen failed to strand a pair of runners in the seventh, ultimately ending his night with three runs allowed on 6 2/3 innings.
After a rocky debut against the Tigers, Chen has put together a run of four consecutive quality starts. He has yet to surrender fewer than two earned runs in an outing, but he’s always been a solid mid-rotation starter and fantasy owners who expected anything else were merely deluding themselves. A two-run flare into center from Ramon Flores with two outs spoiled what was otherwise a lovely performance from the lefty. Chen has a 4.26 ERA in 31 2/3 innings with just a 1.71 BB/9 walk rate. He should be good for an ERA in the mid-to-high 3.00s and 150 strikeouts. Just a solid fantasy workhorse with solid statistics in all fantasy categories. Apr 30 - 11:14 PM

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Wei-Yin Chen pitched around two solo homers to pick up his first win for the Marlins on Monday.

The homers were the only runs he allowed in 6 2/3 innings. Chen has a 4.32 ERA after four starts, but his 20/4 K/BB ratio and 1.16 WHIP suggest that he deserves better.
Apr 26 - 1:20 AM

Wei-Yin Chen took a tough-luck loss on Wednesday against the Nationals, striking out seven over seven innings and only allowing three runs.

Chen inked a five-year, $80 million contract with the Marlins over the winter. And while he's seemingly gotten off to a slow start, things aren't as bad as his 4.91 ERA suggests. He's still throwing strikes, and his 3.23 FIP indicates that his core skills on the mound have actually been solid throughout his first three outings. Also, in the end, surrendering three runs in seven innings against the Nationals is respectable, as Washington owns the third-best slugging percentage in the National League through the first few weeks of the year. Chen will try to keep moving in the right direction against the Dodgers on the road next week.
Apr 20 - 9:58 PM

Wei-Yin Chen was charged with two runs over 6 1/3 innings Friday in a no-decision against the Braves.

He struck out six and walked just one. Chen was working on a gem most of the night, as he didn’t give up his first hit until the fifth and held the Braves scoreless over the first six innings. However, the Braves finally got to him in the seventh. Chen was pulled after giving up an RBI double to Adonis Garcia, who eventually came around to score. The Braves eventually came back to win, but it was an encouraging bounceback performance for Chen after he struggled in his season debut and took a comebacker off his elbow. He lines up for an interleague start against the Orioles next week.
Apr 15 - 10:39 PM

Wei-Yin Chen (elbow) is probable to make his Monday start against the Mets.

Chen took a comeback liner to the left elbow off the bat of Anthony Gose in the second inning of Tuesday's extra-innings loss to the Tigers. He stayed in the game and went on to surrender five runs in five innings. Marlins manager Don Mattingly said, "It sounds like we kind of survived that. Obviously, the next day or so, anything can happen. It can get sore or get swelling or whatever. But usually they are pretty good staying on top of that." Chen will play catch on Thursday.
Apr 6 - 5:19 PM

Wei-Yin Chen was knocked around for five runs over five innings of work against the Tigers in his Marlins debut Tuesday.

Chen didn't look sharp from the get-go in this one, giving up two hits and a run in the first and three hits and three runs in the second. He yielded nine hits overall on what was a forgettable night. Tonight's disappointment aside, there's a lot to like about Chen's situation in Miami this season. He'll try to bounce back next week against the Mets.
Apr 5 - 11:43 PM

The Marlins have named Wei-Yin Chen their Opening Day starter.

Jose Fernandez is the club's ace, but he'll start the second game of the season as a way to help hold down his workload in his first full year back from Tommy John surgery. Signed to a five-year, $80 million contract over the winter, Chen posted a 3.34 ERA and 153/41 K/BB ratio over 191 1/3 innings with the Orioles last season.
Mar 20 - 10:58 AM

Wei-Yin Chen worked a pair of scoreless innings in his start against the Cardinals on Saturday.

Chen was exactly the No. 2 starter the Marlins needed to slot in behind Jose Fernandez in the rotation. He should also be more useful than ever for fantasy purposes now that he's out of Camden Yards and the AL East.
Mar 5 - 4:20 PM

Marlins signed LHP Wei-Yin Chen to a five-year, $80 million contract.

The deal, which includes a vesting player option for 2021, was reported last week and is now official. Chen is coming off a 3.34 ERA and 153/41 K/BB ratio over 191 1/3 innings with the Orioles last season and should give the Marlins a strong No. 2 starter behind staff ace Jose Fernandez. The southpaw has the ability to opt out of the contract after the 2017 season.
Jan 19 - 10:16 AM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Wei-Yin Chen's deal with the Marlins is worth around $80 million over five years.

This gives him a comparable contract to Mike Leake (five years, $80 million from Cardinals) and Jeff Samardzija (five years, $90 million from Giants). CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the deal includes a vesting option or a sixth year which could max out the contract at $96 million. Interestingly, Chen has the ability to opt-out after two years. The Marlins' first-round pick is protected, so they will give up a second-round pick for signing the southpaw.
Jan 12 - 1:16 PM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Marlins are closing in on a deal with free agent left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.

No word on the exact terms, but Buster Olney of ESPN hears that Chen will receive a five-year deal with a vesting option for a sixth year. The 30-year-old owns a 3.72 ERA (110 ERA+) over his first four seasons in the majors while calling the American League East home, so he could be even better with a move to the NL East. He gives Miami a quality No. 2 behind ace Jose Fernandez.
Jan 12 - 12:49 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins "remain in active negotiations" with free agent left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.

Rosenthal first reported the Marlins' interest over the weekend and while other teams are involved, apparently the possibility has some legs. It's a bit of a surprising fit given the team's frayed relationship with agent Scott Boras, but the Marlins could certainly use another quality arm behind Jose Fernandez. Chen turned down a qualifying offer from the Orioles, so he is attached to draft pick compensation. However, because the Marlins' first-round pick is protected, they would only have to surrender a second-round pick to sign him.
Jan 12 - 9:13 AM

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the Marlins are interested in free agent LHP Wei-Yin Chen.

That's surprising considering Chen is represented by Scott Boras. Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has rarely seen eye to eye with Boras. Rosenthal said no deal is imminent and conceded it might be more realistic for Miami to trade outfielder Marcell Ozuna (another Boras client) for a comparable starter. Because Chen turned down a qualifying offer from the Orioles, the Marlins would have to give up a draft pick to sign him.
Source: Fox Sports
Jan 9 - 5:23 PM

A source tells Bill Ladson of that Wei-Yin Chen is on the Nationals' radar.

The Nats have already lost Jordan Zimmermann and will likely lose Doug Fister to free agency as well, so they have a need for a starter after Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez. Chen is a sneaky good option for teams who missed out on the big fish after the lefty posted a 3.34 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 153/41 K/BB ratio over 191 1/3 innings with the Orioles in 2015. The Royals and Cardinals are two other teams who have been linked to the 30-year-old this winter.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 06:23:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Kansas City "has its eye on" Wei-Yin Chen.

Heyman notes that the club is also considering Yovani Gallardo and Scott Kazmir as it looks to upgrade its rotation. Chen is reportedly seeking a five-year, $100 million contract, and it's hard to see the Royals coming close to that, especially if they're going to make a legitimate effort to retain Alex Gordon. Chen held a 3.34 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 153/41 K/BB ratio across 191 1/3 innings last season for the Orioles.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 01:24:00 PM

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LF1Christian Yelich
CF1Marcell Ozuna
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S1Jose Fernandez
2Wei-Yin Chen
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4Adam Conley
5Justin Nicolino
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