Aug 24, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang (67) pitches during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Former Blue Jays Pitcher Chien-Ming Wang Signs With Cincinnati

With Alex Anthopoulos still in need of arms to fill out both his starting rotation and his minor league pitching depth, the Toronto Blue Jays general manager still has a few moves left to make this offseason. The only sure thing is that Chien-Ming Wang will not be the answer to either of those needs.

Wang, a 33-year-old right-hander, opted to sign a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds as reported by Focus Taiwan News Channel.

Wang spent the 2013 season split between the Yankees and the Blue Jays, making six appearances with Toronto last season. Wang gave Blue Jays fans some hope after allowing just six earned runs over his first three starts, totaling 20.2 innings pitched and posting an average game score of 55. However, it was quickly down hill from there, with Wang failing to make it out of the third inning in any of his other three starts, allowing 18 runs (17 earned) in the process.

Wang’s results were much better at the Triple-A level. In 18 appearances (17 starts), the sinker-baller posted a solid 8-7 record with a 2.87 ERA split between Scranton-Wilkes Barre (Yankees) and Buffalo (Blue Jays) last season.

Wang’s deal with the Reds includes an invitation to spring training. His deal will pay him $1.25 million should he make the Major League roster and also includes incentives that could bring the total value of the deal up to $3 million.

Chien-Ming Wang is now the second pitcher this week that saw action with the Blue Jays in 2013 to sign elsewhere. On Wednesday, Justin Germano signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers.

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  • Davidldls

    No offence to Kyle who is a super writer, but I think AA’s promise of giving bloggers and writers a break for Christmas because they worked so hard last year has officially come true. When one is forced to write and so desperate to read about Wang and Germano you know there is nothing happening. Cue the lonesome wind and tumble weeds please.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      No offense taken, as I was thinking the same thing while penning the piece. As a matter of fact, I took the time today to look at the Blue Jays transaction wire from December of this season and compared it to December of 2012 and let’s just say there is a stark contrast.

      • david s

        You are a gentleman Kyle.