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Wei-Yin Chen Won’t Opt Out Of Contract With Marlins, Has Three Years Left

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Its official- the Miami Marlins are stuck with starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen for at least three more years.

After signing a five-year, $80 million contract with the Marlins in January 2016, Chen had the option to opt out after two seasons.

Yesterday, it was announced Chen chose not to do so.

It was expected Chen would choose to remain a Marlin. The team owes him $65 million over the next three years.

Since Derek Jeter took over as Chief Executive Officer for the Marlins, it’s been established he wants to significantly reduce their payroll to about $90 million after a franchise record $115 million in 2017. Not being able to rid Chen’s contract makes it that much harder to do that, and also keep Giancarlo Stanton who’s almost certainly on the move at this point.

Chen, 32, has been a major disappointment in two seasons for Miami. In 2016, he was just 5-5 with a 4.96 ERA in 22 starts. This past season, he was limited to only nine games and five starts. His four relief appearances (the first ones of his career) came in September after being out since May 1 with elbow fatigue.

Previously, Chen pitched for the Baltimore Orioles. His career began nicely; from 2012-15, he averaged a 12-8 record, 3.72 ERA, and 29 starts per year for Baltimore.

Since, he simply hasn’t been able to stay healthy.

In 33 innings this past season, Chen had a 3.82 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and .207 BAA. Very solid numbers, but of course, it’s a very small sample size. If Chen can stay healthy, we’ll see if he’s able to maintain effectiveness, and get back to Oriole form.

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Marlins Have “No Intention” Of Trading Caleb Smith

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The Miami Marlins don’t plan on dealing left-hander Caleb Smith as the trade deadline approaches, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.

The Marlins have been stuck in what seems to be a never-ending rebuild and have traded off a ton of assets in recent seasons, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them selling off more talent at the deadline.

Smith, 27, who is currently on the 10-day IL due to some inflammation in his hip, has posted a 3.41 ERA through 66 innings this season.

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Marlins Fire Hitting Coach Mike Pagliarulo

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The Miami Marlins have announced that they have fired hitting coach Mike Pagliarulo, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.

Pagliarulo took the post ahead of the 2016 season after previously serving as a hitting coach in Triple-A.

Pagliarulo will be replaced by Jeff Livesey on an interim basis, and Eric Duncan will take the role of assistant hitting coach.

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Marlins Release Dan Straily

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The Miami Marlins have released right-hander Dan Straily, according to Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill (h/t MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro).

Straily will be going on release waivers and is he clears, he will his free agency Wednesday afternoon.

Straily, 30, pitched the tune of a 4.20 ERA last season for the Marlins.

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