Chien-Ming Wang opted out of his minor league contract with the Yankees today and will sign a major league deal with the Blue Jays, according to Andy McCullough and Ken Rosenthal. He’s expected to start on Tuesday.
Wang pitched for the Yankees from 2005-2009 and was their ace for part of that stretch. He injured his foot in 2008 and then his shoulder in 2009 and missed all of the 2010 season. He was once dominant with a 95-mph sinker, but now he sits in the 89-91 mph range.
Wang was impressive during the World Baseball Classic which is what lead the Yankees to sign him during Spring Training as insurance. He pitched very well in Triple-A, a 2.33 ERA, a 3.9 K/9 and a 1.6 BB/9 in 58 innings, but with his so so secondary stuff he might not be better than the other options the Yankees have.
I hope he pitches well for the Blue Jays and loses every game 1-0 (exceptions for games against Boston and maybe Baltimore).
• The Yankees announced that they have released reliever Cody Eppley. Eppley was good out of the bullpen in a limited role last season. He had a 3.33 ERA, a 6.3 K/9 and a 3.3 BB/9 in 46 innings. He was horrible this season though and was demoted to the minors after just 1.2 innings. In 19 innings at Triple-A he had a 8.53 ERA and a 7.1 BB/9.
• Before Anthony Bosch, founder of the Biogenesis clinic, agreed to talk to MLB he went to Alex Rodriguez and tried to extort money from him. Obviously A-Rod refused, but its rumored that he asked for at least six-figures.
• Even with a potential suspension looming, Alex Rodriguez is rehabbing down in Tampa. He hit off a tee and took grounders at third on Wednesday. He can serve a suspension while on the DL. He’s still at least a month away. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said A-Rod is farther along in his rehab than Derek Jeter though.
• The Yankees are one of 20 teams on Cliff Lee‘s no trade list. This doesn’t mean a deal isn’t possible. Lee could use it to leverage the Yankees to pick up his $27.5 million option in 2016. He is owed $75 from 2013-2015 plus a $12.5 million buyout if his 2016 option isn’t picked up.
• Buy Yankees tickets.
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