Orioles getting lots of calls on Wei-Yin Chen; discussed Howie Kendrick swap with Angels

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While the Orioles aren’t actively shopping left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun hears that he is a very popular name these days. In fact, Connolly writes they have received more inquiries on him than anyone else on their projected 25-man roster for 2015.

Chen, 29, owns a solid 3.86 ERA (105 ERA+) across 86 starts over his first three seasons in the majors. He’s owed $4.75 million in 2015 before hitting free agency and his agent is Scott Boras, so the Orioles are at least willing to listen to offers. Baltimore has more starters than rotation spots right now, so they could use their surplus to upgrade in other areas.

Interestingly, Connolly hears that the Orioles and Angels discussed a swap centered around Chen and second baseman Howie Kendrick earlier this offseason. However, the Orioles rejected the offer and the Angels have since backpedaled on dealing Kendrick.