MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The biggest signings that the Miami Marlins have made during the offseason have been manager Don Mattingly and hitting coach Barry Bonds.READ MORE: Miami Nurse Accused In Scam That Cons Victims Into Sending Cash
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.
Another name that has been mentioned in connection with the Marlins is free agent outfielder Jeff Francoeur.READ MORE: Jackson Health Partners With Colleges To Get Students COVID-19 Vaccinations
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.