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Up to 12 MLB teams could be interested in Wei-Ying Chen

by on Nov.28, 2011 @ 9:38 am, under MLB, NPB

Sponichi, quoting a Dan Connolly article at the Baltimore Sun, notes that up to 12 teams, including the Baltimore Orioles, could be interested in Wei-Ying Chen.  A snip from the Baltimore Sun article:

While that waiting game continues, there's another name from Japan’s league you should keep in mind: Chen Wei-yin, a 26-year-old lefty with the Chunichi Dragons.

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He won't cost a posting fee, and one industry source has said that at least a dozen teams will kick the tires on Chen, who has a lanky 6-foot frame but can hit the low 90s with his fastball.

The Orioles have scouted him previously, including in October, and there definitely is some thought about making Chen the club's second import from Japan's pro league – depending on price. My sense – and that's all it is -- is that the Orioles would be more likely to make a run at Chen than a Japanese veteran such as Iwakuma (who was posted last year but did not agree to terms with the Oakland A's) or soft-tossing lefty Tsuyoshi Wada.