Report: O’s getting heavy interest in Chen

Considering their starting pitching depth and other areas of need, it could make sense for the Orioles to be active in the trade market.

If they are, one pitcher who might be on the move is left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. The Baltimore Sun, citing an industry source, reported Saturday that Chen has been the subject of more inquiries than any other player on the club’s 25-man roster.

According to the report, Orioles executives have described interest in Chen as “very high.” The Taiwan product is set to make $4.75 million in his upcoming age-29 season before becoming a free-agent. In 2014, his third year in the big leagues, he went 16-6 with a 3.54 ERA over 31 starts.

The Orioles already have talked about one deal involving Chen this offseason, according to the Sun, discussing but ultimately rejecting a trade with the Angels that involved second baseman Howie Kendrick.

Baltimore also has right-handers Chris Tillman, Kevin Gausman, Bud Norris, Miguel Gonzalez and Ubaldo Jimenez as rotation options. Norris, also set to become a free agent after next season, has received some trade interest, the Sun reported. Jimenez, with $38.75 million left on his contract, would be difficult to move after posting a 4.81 ERA in ’14.

— Andrew Simon

2 Comments

WHO WOULD WANT UBALDO JIMINEZ? LOTS OF TALENT, BUT CAN’T USE IT. From: Hot Stove To: ollie33613@yahoo.com Sent: Saturday, December 6, 2014 11:24 AM Subject: [New post] Report: O’s getting heavy interest in Chen #yiv5986983436 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv5986983436 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv5986983436 a.yiv5986983436primaryactionlink:link, #yiv5986983436 a.yiv5986983436primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv5986983436 a.yiv5986983436primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv5986983436 a.yiv5986983436primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv5986983436 WordPress.com | Andrew Simon posted: “Considering their starting pitching depth and other areas of need, it could make sense for the Orioles to be active in the trade market.If they are, one pitcher who might be on the move is left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. The Baltimore Sun, citing an industr” | |

Even though I’m a Yankees fan, I still don’t understand why the Orioles rejected a Wei-Yin Chen for Howie Kendrick swap. Why don’t I understand? I don’t understand because Jonathan Schoop was the worst 2nd baseman in baseball.

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