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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The biggest signings that the Miami Marlins have made during the offseason have been manager Don Mattingly and hitting coach Barry Bonds.

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Now reports have emerged that Miami is working on a deal with veteran left handed pitcher Wei-Yin Chen.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Marlins “remain in active negotiations” with the 29-year-old former Baltimore starter.

Last season Chen pitched 191 innings, earning an 11-8 record to go with 153 strikeouts, a 3.34 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.

During his four year MLB career, all with the Orioles, Chen has gone 46-32 with a 3.72 ERA.

Baltimore offered Chen a $15.8 million qualifying offer that was turned down.

The Marlins would be required to forfeit a draft pick to sign Chen, though due to Miami’s poor record last season they would only be on the hook for a second round pick, not a first.

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Another name that has been mentioned in connection with the Marlins is free agent outfielder Jeff Francoeur.

The 32-year-old spent almost the entire 2014 season in the minor leagues before catching on with Philadelphia last year.

He hit .258 with 13 home runs and a .718 OPS over 343 plate appearances.

Miami could be in the market for another veteran outfielder due to the uncertainty surrounding Marcell Ozuna.


The Marlins have signed Chen to a 5 year $80 million deal, per CBS Sports MLB insider Jon Heyman.

The deal comes with a sixth year vesting option, making it potentially worth up to $96 million.

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