The Miami Marlins’ old prerogative of repudiating to devote money to free agents, unless to positions previously filled during a rebuild and then subsequently trading said player(s), has been fragmented. The team has signed starter Wei-Yin Chen to a five-year contract worth $80 million, all of which is guaranteed, with a player option after the second season. The deal doesn’t come with a no-trade clause.
The 30-year old is coming off a season with his lowest career ERA at 3.34; however recorded the second highest FIP of his career at 4.16 He also saw his strikeouts per nine go up to 7.2, tied for the superlative total in his career. As is the case with most pitchers that make their way to South Florida, Chen is primed for a great season after duplicitous seasons in Baltimore that saw him have an average of 1.225 homeruns per nine in Camden Yards. As is expected when the rest of your team takes a significant a step back as the Orioles did, Chen’s win total diminished by five from the preceding season.
Chen has pitched upwards of 185 innings three out of his four career seasons in Baltimore, also countenancing upwards of 186 hits in said seasons. He had his highest WAR in 2015 with 3.8 Wins Above Replacement, his previous highest total was 2.6 in 2012.
The move coincided with the Marlins’ reported decision not to consign outfielder Marcell Ozuna to another club with the minds of Don Mattingly and Barry Bonds convincing aspersed owner Jeffrey Loria otherwise. The initial potential sentiments of the ballclub were to move Ozuna for a starter behind Jose Fernandez, which they now have in the form of Chen.
The Taiwanese lefty now slots in right behind the aforementioned Fernandez, who, prior to this point, would’ve been insulated by Tom Koehler or Jarred Cosart. The Marlins non-tendered former insulation option Henderson Alvarez after the team wasn’t alacritous to pay his $4 million cap hit; he will miss a minimum of the first moth of the season recovering from shoulder surgery. With the depth acquisition of Chris Johnson, the Marlins have accomplished to fill their inadequacies and wholes they were said to be going after prior to the Winter Meetings.