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Samson doesn't regret signing Chen

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I personally liked the signing at the time even if it was a big contract.

The 4 years before with Baltimore he had:

2012 - 4.02 ERA, 192.2 IP

2013 - 4.07 ERA, 137.0 IP

2014 - 3.54 ERA, 185.2 IP

2015 - 3.34 ERA, 191.1 IP

 

At the very least we'd be getting a guy that'd throw innings at a decent level to help solidify a shaky rotation.  At best, a guy to slot in behind Jose who'd pitch well and throw a lot of innings.  Another thing to consider - he was also in the AL coming to the NL, so usually numbers get better shifting to the NL.

On paper it looked like a good signing that would help the team out.

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I liked the deal when it was signed as well, even though we overpaid.

It would be interesting to see the thread on this forum at the time of the signing, I am sure a lot of people thought it was a decent deal. 

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I think people do forget that we had Jose leading a team that we thought had a chance at the postseason (and they did have a chance as they were still in the race in September)... so going after someone to be a number two behind our ace was not a bad plan.

The problem of course was that Chen really did become a number two.

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Sort of get it, but he was a 29 year old fly ball pitcher who had always had a home run problem. His fip was fine, but nothing exciting. I think looking back they shouldn't have gone that route. I think it's hard to be angry at that move, when it probably was of the smartest compared to other moves they had made. 

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