The Yankees have signed Chien-Ming Wang, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but based on previous reports it is likely a one-year, minor league deal and Wang is a good bet to start the year in Triple-A.
Wang, 33 next week, is obviously the former ace of the Yankees, but he’s had nothing but bad luck since he tripped while running the bases back in 2008. That injury eventually led to Wang needing shoulder surgery and he hasn’t been the same since. In the 33 games he pitched from 2009 through last season he only managed a 6.39 ERA, a 4.5 K/9, and a 3.1 BB/9.
He was decent in the WBC where he pitched 12 shutout innings, but that is definitely too small of a sample size to draw any real conclusions from. Wang also throws in the 88-92 mph range these days which is a far cry from the bowling-ball-like 95 mph splitter he threw in his prime.
If he can throw strikes and induce ground-balls at a good rate, he’s solid minor league depth. It’s also cool just to have him back. This shouldn’t be looked at as a deal with huge potential though. This could make Brian Cashman slightly more comfortable to deal another starter for a bat.
• Another day, another injury for the Yankees. This time it was Brennan Boesch with a rib cage injury. It’s not expected to be major, it never is with the Yankees, but he’ll sit out until at least Tuesday or Wednesday.
• Derek Jeter got testy with reporters this morning when they asked about his ankle. It sounds like he’s going to be playing through pain for at least the immediate future. He’s expected to DH in a minor league game today though.