The Miami Marlins reportedly agreed with free-agent left-hander Wei-Yin Chen on Tuesday on a five-year contract, guaranteeing $80 million, with a vesting option for a sixth year. Jon Heyman of MLB Network first reported that a deal was close, and Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and Buster Olney of ESPN first reported it was done.
Chen posted a 3.34 ERA with 153 strikeouts in 31 starts for the Orioles in 2015, and has a 3.72 ERA in 117 starts for them since 2012, when he came over from Taiwan.
The deal does not include a no-trade clause, and with the Marlins history it's possible that Chen will be a trade chip at any of the next five upcoming deadlines. Heyman adds that the deal includes an opt-out for the player after the second season, and could be worth $96 million total if it vests.
The rotation depth of the Marlins, who also recently added Edwin Jackson, looks like this:
1. Jose Fernandez, RHP
2. Chen, LHP
3. Jackson, RHP
4. Tom Koehler, RHP
5. Jarred Cosart, RHP
6. Adam Conley, LHP
7. David Phelps, RHP