The Chen Wei-Yin signing is now official, according to Britt Ghiroli. Chen is signing a three-year deal with a club option for 2015, and Dan Connolly says it should come in under $12 million total. Kyle Hudson was DFA'd to make room on the 40-man.
Other news around Baltimore has the club re-signing reliever Willie Eyre to a minor league deal and the team naming a new Executive Director of International Baseball Ray Poitevint, who Camden Chat points out is at least 80 years old (but not in a bashing-old-people-type-of-way):
- Twitter / @Britt_Ghiroli - "Orioles make it official in signing Chen to a three yr deal, with a club option for 2015. To make room on the 40 man roster, OFer Kyle Hudson was designated for assignment."
- Twitter / @masnRoch - "Also, #orioles re-signed reliever Willie Eyre to minor league deal with spring training invite"
Baltimore Orioles Close to Signing Wei-Yin Chen - MLB Daily Dish
Chen, 26, can throw up to 95 miles per hour as a left-handed pitcher. The Orioles have already signed another Japanese pitcher this offseason in Tsuyoshi Wada in December. The Orioles have tasked new general manager Dan Duquette with rebuilding what has been a mediocre at best pitching staff in the past five seasons.
- Twitter / @danconnollysun - "Now hearing #Orioles will pay LHP Chen Wei-yin less than $12M total over 3 yrs in deal once physical is passed. Roughly $4M or less per yr"
Orioles name Ray Poitevint as Executive Director, International Baseball - Camden Chat
"He played two seasons of minor league baseball in 1949 and 1950, which makes him at least 80 years old. I'm not bashing old people, I'm just saying that's how old it makes him."