With Scott Kazmir hitting the free agent market, the Astros could be in a position to sign another starting pitcher, and Chen would be a nice addition for them. In his four years with the Baltimore Orioles, Chen posted a 46-32 record with a 3.72 ERA. He has shown the ability to be an “innings eater,” as he has pitched at least 185 innings in three of his four big league seasons.
The relationship between Chen and the Orioles has been shaky, so it’s very unlikely the southpaw returns to Baltimore. Chen could definitely be a good addition for a competing ball club, and could most likely be signed for a three- or four-year deal on the open market.
For the Astros, this would be a no-brainer for the right price. Instead of investing in six or seven seasons of a top-tier starter, Chen, who’s only 30 years old, would be a great signing, as the club would get the starting pitcher they need without overspending.