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The Baltimore Orioles have signed Taiwanese left-hander Wei-yin Chen to a three-year contract, a move they hope will enhance a starting rotation that struggled in 2011.
Chen went 36-30 with a 2.48 ERA in 117 games, including 88 starts, over the last four seasons with the Chunichi Dragons of the Central League of Nippon Professional Baseball. The 26-year-old will become the first Orioles player born in Taiwan.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette says Chen has ''exceptional command'' with a 92 to 94 mph fastball and a hard breaking ball as his ''out pitch.''
Chen's contract includes a club option for 2015.
To clear room on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated outfielder Kyle Hudson for assignment. Hudson went 4 for 29 in 14 games with Baltimore last season.
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