Wei-Yin Chen demotion may be contract-related, fans say
Orioles southpaw Wei- yin Chen expressed his frustration on Twitter Tuesday at being demoted to High- A Fredrick, prompting some Taiwan fans to speculate online that the Orioles’ decision might have something to do with Chen’s contract.
Chen posted on Twitter: “I am disappointed that my routine is being interrupted. I am in excellent physical shape. I feel great and I am ready for my next start.”
Pointing out that he “just pitched eight innings of shutout baseball,” Chen apparently could not accept a statement by Orioles manager Buck Showalter that the primary reason for Chen’s demotion is that he complained of fatigue after his June 10 start.
Chen struck out nine and walked one to help the Orioles beat the Philadelphia Phillies Monday night in Baltimore.
Showalter told the press: “The club knows he pitches better with extra rest. So they want to keep him rested and healthy.”
Thousands of fans posted their comments on the website of the MASN channel, which covers the Baltimore Orioles, with some saying that as Chen will soon negotiate next season’s contract, the Orioles’ decision could mean that it is reluctant to give Chen a considerable raise.
Some other commentators linked the demotion to the prospect of Chen’s next step. They suggested that he might stay with the Orioles until the end of the season, or end his contract at the end of July. As a free agent, Chen would have even better opportunities for advancement, according to some posters.