Wei-Yin Chen released from minor league, becomes free agent

06/27/2020 07:41 PM
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CNA file photo of Chen in Marlins uniform.
CNA file photo of Chen in Marlins uniform.

Taipei, June 27 (CNA) Taiwanese pitcher Wei-Yin Chen (陳偉殷) has become a free agent after being released this week by his Triple-A minor league team the Tacoma Rainiers, a Seattle Mariners organization.

In his Facebook post on Saturday, Chen mentioned how Seattle had been his top choice when he became a free agent in 2015 after leaving the Baltimore Orioles.

"It was like a dream come true for me when I finally got a chance to wear the Mariners' uniform in 2020," he said.

"Although I won't be able to play as a Mariner this season, I will always treasure this short yet wonderful moment," the pitcher said, hoping fans will continue support him wherever he goes.

News of Chen's release from the Tacoma Rainiers appeared on the Mariners' website on Thursday.

The Taiwanese player made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut on April 10, 2012, as a starting pitcher for the Orioles against the New York Yankees.

From there, he played four seasons with the team, before signing a five-year contract worth US$80 million with the Miami Marlins in 2016.

In November 2019, Chen was designated for assignment and subsequently released by the organization to become a free agent that month.

He was picked up by the Mariners in early February and signed to a minor league contract with the Rainiers, while also being invited to spring training. However, the COVID-19 pandemic meant Chen never got a chance to play for the team as the season was first suspended and then postponed until July.

According to his MLB career stats on the Mariners' website, Chen to date has recorded 59 wins against 51 losses, with a 4.18 ERA in 219 appearances, of which 170 were as starting pitcher.

Through his agent, Chen on Saturday said he will work with his agent to plan his next move. However, he declined to say whether he would consider playing for professional teams in Japan or South Korea.

(By Sie Jing-wun and Ko Lin)

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