The Miami Marlins agreed to a deal with free agent pitcher Wei-Yin Chen early Tuesday afternoon. Chen pitched for the Baltimore Orioles from 2012 until 2015, compiling a 46-32 record to go with a 3.72 ERA. The Marlins reportedly had interest in raw Cuban pitcher Yasiel Sierra before the Los Angeles Dodgers signed him earlier today. They seemingly moved their attention to Chen and are now in agreement on a five year deal with a vesting player option for a sixth year.
Chen will slide into the rotation behind ace Jose Fernandez and will join some mix of Tom Koehler, Jarred Cosart, Adam Conley, David Phelps, and Justin Nicolino. While the rotation is still far from formidable, the addition of Chen certainly helps and gives the Fish a solid arm to pitch behind their young ace.
Chen could fare well in Marlins Park which should remain a nice pitcher’s park despite the team moving in the fences. He has pitched well and put up good numbers despite spending his entire career in the American League East. A move to the much less powerful National League East could end up providing Chen with the best seasons of his career. This is a smart move for the Marlins in theory, but the financial aspects of the contract remain to be seen.