Wei-Yin Chen Turns To Scott Boras For His Next Contract

Wei-Yin Chen has hired super agent Scott Boras to represent him according to a tweet from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The O’s lefty signed a three year, $11.388 million deal with Baltimore prior to the 2012 season and has impressed in his first 38 big league starts.

Wei-Yin ChenChen finished 2012 with a 12-11 record, a 4.02 ERA over 192 2/3 innings, a 7.2 K/9, and 2.70 K/BB. He finished fourth in the American League Rookie of the Year voting. This season, Chen is 2-3 with a 3.50 ERA in 36 innings over six starts with a 5.5 K/9 and 1.83 K/BB.

Fans seemed to panic when they read the news about Chen switching to Boras. Zach Britton made a similar change in 2010 after being named the Orioles Minor League Pitcher of the Year. As the old cliche goes, baseball is a business — and Boras seems to get the most money for his clients. At 27 years old, Chen should be looking for a nice payday when he hits free agency.

No need to worry though, he’s locked up through 2014 with a team option for 2015. By the time Chen is a free agent, Dan Duquette and the Orioles should have plenty of experience bargaining with Boras after hopefully securing a nice contract extension for Matt Wieters.

Zach Wilt is the Founding Editor of BaltimoreSportsReport.com and host of the BSR Podcast. He's a loyal Orioles, Ravens and Capitals fan who is obsessed with baseball, loves traveling, In-N-Out Burger and Walt Disney World.

6 Comments

  1. spy

    May 6, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Hello pin stripes………….if he turns out to be really good , doubtful…………..

  2. MGW

    May 6, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Moot point, to me. He’s under team control for 2 more years, after this one. Worst case scenario is that he’s “lights out” the next 2 years and they deal with it then…boy, what a terrible problem.

    • spy

      May 7, 2013 at 9:26 am

      Could be in a string of players heading north if they pan out,,,,,,,,,,,,just watch………..

    • mystery man

      May 7, 2013 at 9:28 am

      Don’t get too close to any O’s player that may turn into a super star , Peter the Great simply will not sign them . The best the fans can hope for is an average team with average players with maybe one or two a little above average and may get to the playoffs if everything goes right and the other teams falter ( see last year)…

      • cabterp

        May 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm

        Hmm, just like he didn’t sign Markakis and Jones…I’m no fan of Angelos but I think we can put that to rest, for now anyway

        • Bert

          May 7, 2013 at 2:13 pm

          Mystery Man is living in the past. The Orioles have shown that they will pay their own, but are unwilling to gamble on risks like Hamilton this past off-season. Chen will sign here, if he continues to merit a new contract.