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MLB clubs preparing for a Wei-Ying Chen posting after 2010 season?

by on Dec.30, 2009 @ 1:42 pm, under MLB, NPB

Seems there are grumblings about MLB interest in Wei-Ying Chen.

Interest in Chen has been building over the last couple of seasons.  And it seems a number of clubs will be in the hunt for Chen's services if he happens to get posted as some point after the 2010 season.  An MLB scout apparently thinks Chen could immediately contribute to a team as a number 3 or 4 pitcher in the States.

On July 17th, four MLB clubs sent scouts to watch Chen pitch against the Bay Stars at Yokohama Stadium.  And it seems about 20 clubs actually took a look at Chen during the current off-season in case he happened to hit the market this year.

Chen also expressed his interest in the Majors earlier during the current off-season, saying that he had no intention of staying in Japan any longer that he has to.  But with only 2 years and 69 days under his belt, he won't earn his international FA option for at least another 7 years.

According to the Dragons, they control Chen since there's nothing in his contract that allows him to become a free agent and that the club holds all his options.  At this point, the only way Chen has a chance at playing in the Majors is if he's posted.  But that doesn't mean the club isn't interested in posting Chen either.  They are apparently willing to discuss the matter with Chen as necessary.

The Braves and Yankees will likely be sending scouts to watch Chen next season.  And the Yankees already have plans on watching Chen during Spring camp.


The Orange County Register apparently thinks that Hideki Matsui will be the fourth most important Angel in 2010 (via Nikkan Sports).

The Newark Star-Ledger thinks that Matsui's six RBI performance during the 2009 World Series was the greatest individual MLB performance of the decade (via Nikkan Sports).