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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 Sign Curtis Granderson

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The Miami Marlins have signed veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson to a minor league deal that includes as Spring Training invitation, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

Per Heyman, Granderson will earn $1.75 million in the majors with a potential $250K in potential incentives.

Granderson, 37, may not be the outfielder he once was, but he can still produce at the plate.

Last season, Granderson posted a slash line of .242/.351/.431 with 13 homeruns playing for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Padres, Dodgers, Reds, Braves, Rays in “Advanced Stages” for Marlins’ J.T. Realmuto

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The Miami Marlins may be closing in on a deal to deal catcher J.T. Realmuto as several teams are considered to be in “advanced stages” in talks about a trade, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.

The report goes on to say that the Cincinnati Reds are in “substantive” talks with the Marlins.

Other teams linked to the deep talks are the San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Marlins Sign Neil Walker

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The Miami Marlins have signed veteran infielder Neil Walker to a one-year deal, according to an official team announcement.

Walker, who played for the New York Yankees last season, is expected to platoon at first base but will also see time around the infield in 2019, and will earn $2 million, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Walker struggled in 2018, posting a .219/.309/.354 slash line for the Yankees, but came on at the end of the season.

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