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ChuSpo: Chen to MLB for 2012

by Patrick Newman (Dec 25, 2010)

On Christmas Eve (in my time zone, anyway),  Chunichi Sports published the latest on pitcher Wei-Yin Chen, who has been vocal about his desire to move to MLB. Since the report is brief, I've translated it in its entirety:

Chen to the Majors Next Offseason

Regarding pitcher Wei-Yin Chen (age 25), who is looking to move to the big leagues, we learned on the 24th that the Chunichi ball club intends to allow him to move to America as a free agent. An official contract is expected in January, as the finer points such as salary are to be worked out. Although it's assured that he'll remain next season, it looks like Chunichi will lose their rights to him at the end of next season.

チェン、来オフメジャー

大リーグ移籍を視野に入れるチェン・ウェイン投手(25)に対して、中日球団は来オフに自由契約による米移籍を容認する方向であることが24日、 分かった。年俸など細部については今後詰められ、来年1月に正式契約の見込み。来季残留は確保されたものの、来季終了後にも中日は保有権を失うことになり そうだ。

Some context is missing here, so let me fill that in. Chen has not yet signed a contract for 2011, which is what the January agreement refers to. He will not be eligible for tenured free agency next year, so Chunichi will grant him his release. This is a big advantage for Chen as it lets him avoid the posting system.

Normally I wouldn't bother to post this, since the level of detail is so low and there are no attributed quotes. But I figure that Chunichi Sports knows something about what's going on with the Chunichi Dragons, and Chen has been quite vocal this offsesason.

To all who happen to be reading this, Merry Christmas!


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