Orioles P Chen wants to be more competitive

By Associated Press 5:42pm, February 27, 2013
Wei-Yin Chen has become Baltimore's biggest winner.

Just 12 months ago, Chen was an unknown for the Orioles.

The 27-year-old Taiwan native arrived in Baltimore by way of Japan, where he spent four seasons. The unknown turned into a huge bargain for Baltimore, who signed him to a three-year, $11 million contract before the 2012 season.

Japanese left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada and Chen were Baltimore's big offseason acquisitions. Wada was the more publicized, but because he missed last season after Tommy John surgery, Chen has turned out to be the better signing so far.

After a 12-11 record with a 4.02 ERA last year, the left-hander has a good idea of what he's looking for in 2013.

Chen says through his translator that, "This year, I want to be more competitive."


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