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.