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Wei-Yin Chen won’t opt out of contract with Marlins


Marlins starter Wei-Yin Chen informed the club he is not opting out of his contract, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.

Per Chen’s contract, he had to choose whether or not to exercise each of his options for 2018-20 within four days of the end of the World Series. Those options were worth $10 million, $20 million, and $22 million. That’s part of his overall five-year, $80 million contract signed in January 2016.

Chen, 32, made only five starts and four relief appearances this past season after dealing with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. He is trying to avoid Tommy John surgery.

Scooter Gennett wins arbitration case against Reds

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The Reds lost their first arbitration case of the offseason, per a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Second baseman Scooter Gennett was awarded the $5.7 million salary figure he was seeking from the team, a $600,000 bump over the $5.1 million they countered with last month.

Gennett, 27, is coming off of a career-best performance in 2017. After getting claimed off of waivers by the Reds last March, he broke out with an impressive .295/.342/.531 batting line, 27 home runs and 2.4 fWAR in 497 plate appearances. By season’s end, he ranked among the top five most productive second basemen in the National League (and 12th overall). He’s currently set to remain under team control through 2019.

Gennett was only the second Reds player to go to an arbitration hearing this winter. Fellow infielder Eugenio Suarez was defeated in arbitration last week and stands to make just $3.75 million compared to the $4.2 million he filed for in January. All 22 arbitration cases have now been resolved. Twelve were decided in favor of the players.