CHIBA, Japan (Kyodo) -- The Lotte Marines said Monday they have signed former Chunichi Dragons pitcher Chen Wei-yin, who is returning to Japan after eight seasons in Major League Baseball.
The Taiwanese left-hander is expected to take a leading role in helping the Pacific League club, currently 1.5 games behind the PL-leading SoftBank Hawks, win their first pennant in 15 years.
"I'm expecting (Chen) to provide some valuable power for us on the left as we fight for the championship. I'm thinking of using him as a starter," Marines manager Tadahito Iguchi said.
Chen, 35, played for the Dragons from 2004 to 2011 and led the Central League with a 1.54 ERA in 2009. He moved to the majors in 2012 and pitched for the Baltimore Orioles and Miami Marlins before he was released from his minor league deal with the Seattle Mariners in June.
"I'm very happy to join the team. I'll do my best to help us become the best in Japan," Chen said through the Marines.
Chen had 36 wins and 30 losses with a 2.59 ERA in 127 games during his first stint in Japan with the Dragons. He went 59-51 with a 4.18 ERA over 219 games in the majors.