Wei-Yin Chen has become Baltimore's biggest winner.
Just 12 months ago, Chen was an unknown for the Orioles.
The 27-year-old Taiwan native arrived in Baltimore by way of Japan, where he spent four seasons. The unknown turned into a huge bargain for Baltimore, who signed him to a three-year, $11 million contract before the 2012 season.
Japanese left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada and Chen were Baltimore's big offseason acquisitions. Wada was the more publicized, but because he missed last season after Tommy John surgery, Chen has turned out to be the better signing so far.
After a 12-11 record with a 4.02 ERA last year, the left-hander has a good idea of what he's looking for in 2013.
''Nothing different. Same approach. Same way. Same goals. This year, I want to be more competitive,'' Chen said through his translator.
Even though he still needs Tim Lin to interpret for him, Chen has easily adapted to the U.S. He's picked up lots of American slang.