International Updates: Cespedes, Chen, Wada

Rob Biertempfel has a few updates on some international free agents via Twitter:

-He mentions that the Pirates have interest in Yoenis Cespedes, but that they will quickly back away if the bidding gets crazy.

-The Pirates have interest in left handers Wei-Yin Chen and Tsuyoshi Wada, according to Biertempfel.  This is the second time we’ve heard the team linked to Wada.  About a month ago Jon Heyman mentioned the Pirates as one of the teams who could pursue the Japanese left hander. Wada is 31 years old, ad throws in the 86-87 MPH range with a good circle change and a solid slider. He’s been described as a Dallas Braden type, although there are questions as to whether he can be a starter. The expected price for Wada is two years and $8 M.

Chen is a 26 year old free agent out of Taiwan. He’s been playing in the Japanese league, but unlike most players out of Japan, Chen wouldn’t require a posting fee, since he’s a true free agent (Wada is also a free agent, with no posting fee required). He used to reach 95 MPH, but had Tommy John surgery a few years ago and was topping out at 91 this past year.  Chen put up a 2.68 ERA in 164.2 innings last year, with a 5.1 K/9, a 1.7 BB/9, and a 0.5 HR/9. Tim Dierkes of MLBTR speculates that he could cost $20 M over four years.

-Japanese free agency began yesterday. Guys like Chen and Wada are now allowed to negotiate with teams.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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