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Former New York Yankees SP Chien-Ming Wang, Chicago White Sox Agree to Deal

July 17th, 2014 at 11:32 PM
By Michael Moraitis

Former New York Yankees starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang has signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox.

Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com has the latest:

Former 19-game winner Chien-Ming Wang signed as a free agent with the White Sox, according to the Charlotte Knights' organization, and was assigned to the Triple-A club.

Wang, 34, was a former member of the Yanks starting rotation from 2005-2009. During that time Wang emerged as the team's ace and won 19 games two years in a row.

Since then, Wang has fallen off the face of the Earth as a result of injuries and has been up and down from the minors to the bigs for several years. The last time he pitched in a major league game was in 2013 for the Toronto Blue Jays, when he pitched to an ERA north of seven.

Most recently, Wang was pitching in the Cincinnati Reds' organization for which he posted an 8-5 record and a 3.79 ERA. Wang never made it to the big league squad and instead used an opt-out clause in his contract on July 14 to try his chances with a new team.

That team will be the White Sox, who sent Wang to Triple-A upon signing him.

Chicago doesn't have much of a chance to play in October with a 10.5-game deficit to make up in the American League Central and a 6.5-game deficit in the AL wild card, but maybe the White Sox are hoping to catch lightning in a bottle with Wang so he can contribute later this year and quite possibly in 2015.

As for the Yankees, it is a bit surprising the team didn't take a chance on Wang. After all, the Yanks have been bringing in plenty of journeyman and no-names to take a chance on in 2014, so why not Wang?

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