Wei-Yin Chen knew the 2016 was bad.
After signing a five-year, $80 million contract with the Miami Marlins last season, he had five wins to show for his new-found fortune and did little to help his new franchise. This season has to be different. There has to be improvement. The pitcher does not want to be labeled a bust by an organization that needs him to come through this season with new starters in the rotation and the loss of Jose Fernandez.
“It was terrible,” Chen said, via a story in the Miami Herald.
While being that blunt is not always what managers want to hear, maybe the best thing about this coming season is Chen knows how bad it was and how good he needs to be this year. This is a fresh start for the former Baltimore Orioles pitcher and a chance to grow with the new faces on the pitching staff.
Chen figures to be the second or third starter in the rotation.
Last season, He made 19 starts before landing on the disabled list with a left elbow strain. He finished 5-5 with a 4.96 ERA.