Found January 09, 2012 on MLB Trade Rumors:
The Orioles reached an agreement with lefty Wei-Yin Chen, tweets Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.  Connolly says it's believed to be a three-year deal, though the third year might be a vesting option.  Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first tweeted that the Orioles were close to a multiyear deal with Chen. As a Taiwanese player in Nippon Professional Baseball, Chen had free agency negotiated into his contract with the Chunichi Dragons.  Last year in Japan, Chen posted a 2.68 ERA, 5.1 K/9, 1.7 BB/9, and 0.49 HR/9 in 164 2/3 innings.  He ranked 19th on Keith Law's top 50 free agents list.  Law offered a positive scouting report, concluding that Chen "offers more upside than the typical NPB refugee, both due to age and the chance for the slider to become a consistently plus pitch."  Chen, 26, throws relatively hard for a southpaw, as high as 92-94 when he's right according to Law. New Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette has gone t...
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