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  • Wei-Yin Chen: Signs with independent team

    Chen has signed a contract with the independent league Long Island Ducks.

    Chen is now 38 and didn't play anywhere in 2023 after pitching in Japan in 2021 and 2022. The left-hander hasn't appeared in the majors since 2019 and is certainly a long shot to ever do so again, but he's not yet ready to call it quits.

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  • Wei-Yin Chen: Remaining in Japan

    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.

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  • Wei-Yin Chen: Continuing career in Japan

    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.

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  • Wei-Yin Chen: Cut loose by Mariners

    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.

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  • Mariners' Wei-Yin Chen: Strong in first spring outing

    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.

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  • Mariners' Wei-Yin Chen: Signs with Mariners

    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.

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  • Wei-Yin Chen: Cut loose by Miami

    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.

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  • Marlins' Wei-Yin Chen: Designated for assigment

    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.

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  • Marlins' Wei-Yin Chen: Effective in long relief

    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.

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  • Marlins' Wei-Yin Chen: Showing improvement in June

    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.

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  • Marlins' Wei-Yin Chen: Adapting to bullpen role

    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.

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  • Marlins' Wei-Yin Chen: Takes one for team

    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.

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  • Marlins' Wei-Yin Chen: Fails to record out in relief

    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.

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  • Marlins' Wei-Yin Chen: Beginning season in bullpen

    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.

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  • Marlins' Wei-Yin Chen: May be used out of bullpen

    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.

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  • Marlins' Wei-Yin Chen: Rough spring continues

    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.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 193 lbs
Birthplace: Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
Age: 38
Experience: 3
Bats/Throws: R, L