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While expected, Chen's loss was a big one for Orioles

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While expected, Chen's loss was a big one for Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. – Wei-Yin Chen’s departure was a foregone conclusion for the Orioles.

Chen was one of the biggest bargains in baseball. In his four years with the Orioles, he earned $15.466 million and won 46 games.

His average annual salary with the Miami Marlins will be $16 million, and he has a five-year contract with a sixth-year option. Chen also has an opt-out clause after two years.

While the Orioles were certainly never going to play in that territory, Chen’s contract might have made sense for them.

Dan Duquette has said that opt-out clauses won’t work for the Orioles, and he’s probably right. But, if Chen has two good years and opts out of the Marlins deal, he’ll be 32, and in effect the Orioles would have gotten arguably the best six years out of Chen.

The thinking here is that the Orioles got the best four years out of Chen, and he’s not likely to get better over the five years of his Marlins deal.

Chen represents Duquette’s best signing in his four-plus years as Orioles vice president of baseball operations. Getting 46 wins for les than $4 million a year is a bargain.

Manager Buck Showalter carefully handled Chen, keeping him away from the Toronto Blue Jays whose right-handed hitting lineup had a big advantage. He also gave Chen extra days of rest.

The Orioles’ strategies of resting him annoyed Chen. In 2015, they sent Chen to Frederick for 10 days to keep him fresh, but it upset Chen and his agent, Scott Boras.

Boras remains upset with the Orioles and said so at the General Managers Meetings in November.

Chen did little to fit in with his teammates. While he did learn English, he only rarely spoke it publicly, insisting on an interpreter.

Because Chen didn’t speak English publicly, fans didn’t get a chance to know him, and he appeared at FanFest just once in his four years with the team.

His loss, which was expected, will be a big one. Chris Tillman and Kevin Gausman must have big years, and the Orioles still need to sign another starter from a dwindling pool.

The only top shelf starters left are Yovani Gallardo and Ian Kennedy. Gallardo has been linked with the Orioles, Kennedy hasn’t.

Otherwise, the Orioles will have to look within or at a pitcher with injury or performance concerns for a fifth starter.

Gerardo Parra also left. At the beginning of free agency, Parra looked like a decent bet to stay, but the Orioles didn’t feel he was worth the kind of contract—three years, $27.5 million—given to him to Colorado.

While the Rockies seemingly have a surplus of outfielders, and the Orioles have been mentioned as a possible trade partner, there doesn’t seem to be a match.

The Orioles need a right fielder, but they need a starting pitcher more and can’t be giving up on any of their starters or potential starters.

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Orioles Roundup: Nunez impresses in loss to Yankees

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Orioles Roundup: Nunez impresses in loss to Yankees

The Orioles lost a nailbiter before falling to the Yankees 6-5 Thursday night.

Here is your latest news on Baltimore and New York:

Player Notes:

ORIOLES:

Dylan Bundy surrendered three runs in 5 2/3 innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Yankees. The bullpen was unable to manage after Bundy pitched a fair performance.

Renato Nunez went 2-for-3 and hit a three-run homer against the Yankees on Thursday. Nunez has improved mighily in year number two with the O's.

YANKEES:

Masahiro Tanaka held the Orioles to one run through six innings in his start Thursday.

Luke Voit homered and doubled Thursday as the Yankees slipped by the Orioles 6-5.

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Friday 5/24: Orioles at Rockies, 8:40 p.m., Coors Field
Saturday 5/25: Orioles at Rockies, 9:10 p.m., Coors Field

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Orioles Roundup: O's acquire Keon Broxton from Mets

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Orioles Roundup: O's acquire Keon Broxton from Mets

The Orioles made a flurry of moves before falling to the Yankees 7-5 Wednesday night.

Here is your latest news on Baltimore and New York:

Player Notes:

ORIOLES:

Baltimore acquired OF Keon Broxton from the Mets for international signing bonus slots. Broxton hit .143 in 34 games with New York this season before he was designated for assignment last week. The Orioles designated RHP Yefry Rodriguez for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Broxton. 

The Orioles transferred RHP Alex Cobb from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL, meaning he won't be back until late June at the earliest. Cobb has been out since April 27 with a lumbar strain. Baltimore also claimed RHP Chandler Shepherd off waivers for the Cubs and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk. 

YANKEES:

Giancarlo Stanton has been pulled away from his rehab assignment with High-A Tampa and placed back on the 10-day injured list with left calf tightness. Per manager Aaron Boone, Stanton will be shut down for the next 7-10 days. 

Boone also told reporters Zach Britton was unavailable for Wednesday's game against his former team, and CC Sabathia could miss his next start due to knee trouble. 

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Thursday 5/23: Orioles vs. Yankees, 12:35 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Friday 5/24: Orioles at Rockies, 8:40 p.m., Coors Field
Saturday 5/25: Orioles at Rockies, 9:10 p.m., Coors Field