Wei-Yin Chen, Starting Pitcher
I have longed considered Wei-Yin Chen as a potential option for the Astros. In November, I proposed Chen as a better option for the Astros than Scott Kazmir, who recently signed with the Dodgers. This is what I wrote in my previous post:
"At 30 years old, the lefty has a career 3.72 ERA along with a 46-32 record. In 2014, Chen went 16-6, had a 3.54 ERA, and posted a 1.23 WHIP. In 2015, Chen improved his ERA to 3.34, went 11-8, and posted a 1.22 WHIP. In 31 starts this season, Chen only gave up more than three runs in four starts. Kazmir gave up more than three runs in four starts . . . after being traded to the Astros. Chen is consistent. With Astros run support, Chen could easily be a 15 game winner. Chen would likely be around $10 million per season."
The part that was way off on: $10 million per season. Chen is reportedly seeking a five-year, $100 million contract. This is way out of the Astros price range. The opportunity here is that next year’s starting pitching free agent class is super weak. The Astros could talk Chen into a one-year contract so that he can cash in on the $100 million contract next season.
**Stats from Baseball-Reference**