Despite Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria’s sour relationship with agent Scott Boras, the club might still pursue free agent starter Wei-Yin Chen, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The club just signed Edwin Jackson to a one-year deal, but is still looking for rotation depth.
Chen turned down the Orioles’ $15.8 million qualifying offer. The Marlins finished with one of the ten worst records in baseball this past season, so their first-round pick is protected. Instead, the club would forfeit a second-round pick if it were to sign Chen.
Chen, 30, has a 3.72 ERA with 547 strikeouts and 172 walks in 706 2/3 innings across his four seasons in the majors after coming over from Japan.