Marlins Ink Chen to 5-year $80 million contract 

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Wei-Yin Chen and the Miami Marlins have agreed upon a 5-year $80 million contract that also includes an opt-out clause after year 2, and a 6th year $16 million vesting option that would push his contract total to $96 million. If Chen would to opt-out of his contract and test his value, he would be leaving $52 million over 3 years on the table.
With the Marlins holding a top-protected pick (7th), they will surrender their second round pick to the Orioles for Chen who declined the Qualifying Offer.
Dodgers Sign Cuban RP Yasiel Sierra to 6-year-deal
Since the Los Angeles Dodgers lost out on Zach Greinke, they have spent continued to spend to try to minimize his loss. In part, they have agreed on contracts with pitchers Scott Kazmirc Kenta Maeda, and now 24 year-old Cuban Yasiel Sierra. The Dodgers inked Sierra to a 6-year-deal worth between $30-33 million contract. In the past 5 seasons in Cuba, Sierra posted a 4.23 ERA and has a fastball that ranges 91-96 MPH, with a plus slider. The Dodgers starting rotation looked complete before Sierra, so look for the Cuban to be used more out of the bullpen in the short-term.
Gerardo Parra joins Rockies on 3-year $27.5 million deal
The Colorado Rockies have agreed upon a 3-year $27.5 million contract with OF Gerardo Parra, 28, which includes a 4th year option for $12 million. Last season Parra enjoyed a career year where he hit .291, smashed 14 homers and drove in 51 runs while swiping 14 bags. Parra looks to benefit from the hitter friendly Coors Park, and will join an interesting line up that could do some damage consisting of All Stars Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson and Carlos Gonzalez.
With Rockies crowded OF, Blackmon on the move?

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With the Rockies dishing out a 3-year contract to OF Gerardo Parra, with an already crowded outfield, one would expect a trade is soon to come. The Rockies have had Gonzalez, Blackmon and Dickerson on the trade block since the deadline of last season and have yet to find a deal they like. The Rockies are selling high on Gonzalez who enjoyed his best season in years, and played his highest total of games in his career with 153. But the Rockies are seeking a kings ransoms for Gonzalez and a trade seems unlikely. The more realistic trade candidate is Charlie Blackmon, who’s a fit for the Los Angeles Angels, who’ve been seeking a left-handed impact bat. Blackmon fits that description as he’s coming of a season where he hit .287, smashed 17 homers, drove in 58 runs and stole 43 bases. The Angels would have to center any trade around Nick Tropeano and add minor leaguers to fulfill the trade. Although it would cost the Angels a valuable arm in Tropean, they have the pitching depth to do so, and have a need in the outfield. New GM Billy Eppler should pull the trigger if the deal is on the table as Blackmon is an all-star, who will help their outfield woes.
Could Cespedes and Harper be in the same line up?
Cespedes is arguably one of the top FA’s still available in free agency, and it seems he is still seeking $150 million. The Nats have reportedly been interested in the Cuban as they would want to form a dynamic 3-4 combo of Cespedes and Harper that would be feared by many. If the Nats sign Cespedes, the signing would mark the second free agent to sign with the club while previously playing with division rival Mets. The Nats may not be inclined to dish out a long-term contract to Cespedes, but if he could be had for a 3 year deal, it could set the Nats up near the top, for early World Series odds once again.

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