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Chen, Parra leave O's for big deals

STAFF AND WIRE REPORT

The Baltimore Orioles have lost two players through free agency.

Wei-Yin Chen, 30, has left Baltimore after four seasons with the Orioles and has agreed to a contract with the Miami Marlins.

Gerardo Parra, meanwhile, announced Tuesday that he's joined the Colorado Rockies.

Chen's deal is for five years and $80 million, according to ESPN.com.

Parra's pact is for three years and $27.5 million, according to the MLB Network. Parra, 28, posted his signing on his official Twitter account.

Chen adds needed depth to the rotation behind ace Jose Fernandez and might become Miami's No. 2 starter. Chen went 46-32 with a 3.72 ERA in four seasons with the Orioles. Last year he made 31 starts and went 11-8 with a 3.34 ERA, which ranked seventh in the American League. He gave up 28 homers, which tied for sixth-highest in the AL, and will be moving to a more pitcher-friendly park in Miami.

Parra, 28, is a two-time Gold Glove winner and can play all three outfield positions. He split last season with the Orioles and the Milwaukee Brewers, batting .291 with a career-high 14 home runs, 51 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. With the Orioles, after coming from Milwaukee in a midseason trade, Parra hit just .237 with five homers and 20 RBIs. Parra has a career .277 average with 56 homers and 311 RBIs in seven seasons with the Orioles, Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Marlins also added infielder Chris Johnson. Johnson, a career .280 hitter in seven seasons, will provide depth at first and third base. He was with the Braves and Indians last year and batted .255 in 83 games. A native of Naples, Florida, Johnson is a right-handed hitter with a career average of .314 against lefties.