Tuesday, November 3, 2015
WEI-YIN CHEN IS A NICE LEFTY OPTION
So the other day, I was talking to my buddy and he says to me... 'What do you think about the Yankees snatching up that Orioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen?"
I said, "We could always use a lefty. I wouldn't mind having one." After all, We have CC Sabathia, and he's a question mark, and so, having another may help things along.
Now compare that story to what Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com wrote in his piece:
"A Yankees person says he's heard the name Jeff Samardzija as a pitching possibility, and also Wei-Yin Chen."
I like my story better.
But more than that... is Heyman serious with that mindless nugget? It's not even close to a mic drop... it's based on a guess. First of all, you know it's just bologna. Secondly, you know the guy just sat back, cracked opened the Free Agent list and chose Chen to start alittle Rumor mill. Nothing wrong with it, except this... Heyman's terrible at it. I see his game. Retire already...
That being said, the idea of Chen, because that's what it is, could actually be a pretty neat one. YESNetwork.com had the following opinion on Chen:
"Among the names of the many free agent starters hitting the market in 2016, few might think of 30-year-old lefty Wei-Yin Chen, who's pitched four seasons with the Baltimore Orioles after spending five years in Japan.
Chen has proven to be a pitcher that can hold his own in the demanding AL East, and had one of his best MLB seasons yet in 2015. After winning 14 games last year, Chen followed it up with a career-low 3.34 ERA along with 11 wins for the O's, pitching his best down the stretch.
In nine of his last 11 starts of the year, Chen allowed three earned runs or fewer, dropping his ERA to a team-low mark of 3.34 among starters. He also improved his ability to pitch deep into games, after he posted a career-best 65% quality start ratio in 2015, averaging 6 2/3 innings per start."
This idea is something to think about. Very interesting. The fake conversation with a "Yankee person"... that's just the rumor mill. Silly Jon.
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