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Chien-Ming Wang opts out of contract with Yankees, set to join Blue Jays

Jun 7, 2013, 1:42 PM EST

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Chien-Ming Wang has opted out of his minor-league contract with the Yankees and is once again a free agent.

Wang had a 2.33 ERA in nine starts at Triple-A, but managed just 25 strikeouts in 58 innings and there was little indication that the Yankees would seriously consider calling him up.

Meanwhile, last week there were several reports that multiple teams, including the Orioles, were keeping an eye on Wang as potential rotation help. So clearly Wang thinks he has a better chance of returning to the big leagues with a different organization.

UPDATE: Well, that was quick. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Wang is expected to sign with the Blue Jays and will likely start for them Tuesday against the White Sox.

  1. missthemexpos - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    When times are tough and Major League pitching opportunities are few, then the Toronto Blue Jays are the place for you!

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      The Jays needed another starting pitcher and Wang was the best available.

      • tuberippin - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:49 PM

        You get so defensive so quickly about the Jays.

  2. desal2ds - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    “Wang! Pay attention!”

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    How many years in a row have the Jays had to add a glorified BP pitcher to fill a mid-season hole in the rotation? Just brutal. Bad luck or bad trainers?

    • xavier46 - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      Well, we know it can’t be the GM. Alex Anthopoulos is the best this world has ever seen!

      I would say bad luck, but as you mention, this is a recurring theme. Must be the trainers!

  4. specialkindofstupid - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Wang wasn’t exposed on the market for very long. Thank goodness for that.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      He he, you talked about exposing wang.

      • 18thstreet - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:47 PM

        Honestly, I hope he pitches for 40 years. I never get tired of these jokes, even if his name is pronounced wong and not wang. Also, we need more Johnsons in baseball. Never gets old.

      • 18thstreet - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        I just realized: Johnson and Wang are on the same staff.

        hehe.

      • 18thstreet - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:49 PM

        Thumbs down for me not reading ahead. gammagammahey had this covered months ago.

    • slartibartfast4242 - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:01 PM

      Wang, Johnson and Dickey together… Jays have them rotation to go hard at hitters.

      Now, if they can acquire Fister as well…

      • slartibartfast4242 - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        I see the same thing I said has been said before, below in varied fashion. My fault for not reading before my inner 12 year old make comments.

  5. gammagammahey - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Oh shit, it’s really happening!

    ===

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/12/18/nbc-sportstalk-breaking-down-the-dickey-deal/

    gammagammahey – Dec 18, 2012 at 8:47 AM
    Dickey-Johnson is going to be one of the best 1-2 dong joke combos among starting rotations in baseball as well. What’s Chien Ming Wang up to these days?

    • specialkindofstupid - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      +1 for being clairvoyant. Granted, it’s a very peculiar thing to be clairvoyant about, but still. Congrats.

    • aceshigh11 - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      Dickey-Johnson-Wang…

      That’s a rock-solid unit of starting pitchers that’s guaranteed to go deep with the balls.

      You really don’t wanna come up short or limp when you’ve gotta go up against the dreaded Furbush of Seattle.

    • cackalackyank - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      Yeah and they’ll be facing a lot of wood, too.

  6. uyf1950 - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    I wish him the best. Would have been nice if the Yankees could have held onto him but this is perfectly understandable.

    • pisano - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:02 PM

      uyf1950… I hope this doesn’t come back to bite the Yankees in the ass. The only thing I can figure is they saw something they didn’t like, who knows what that would be. To me it would have been a good chance to dump Hughes at the dead line as they’ll most likely lose him at the end of the season, but with that said, I’ve learned to not second guess Cashman.

  7. agelardi - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Ya gotta Wang-o Tang-o baby!

  8. cur68 - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    So. It’ll be Johnson then Dickey and then followed by Wang, eh? That’s good. The Beavers need all the help they can get, pitching wise. Ahem. This is a family blog so I’ll just stop there, shall I?

    • historiophiliac - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      That threesome should make you Beavers quite happy. With the right support, you should be well satisfied — barring poor performances, of course.

      • cur68 - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        I think My Boys now have THE BEST rotation in baseball. No matter what, the reports of how their starts go should be very entertaining, if nothing else.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:04 PM

        You’re a good little fanboy. But you got a shipment meant for Perez if you think it’s better than V-Max Sanchdogporc.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      What kind of PEDs would that troika get busted for?

      • cur68 - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        If we asked El Bravo I bet he’d say “Boner Pills” then giggle like a 12 year old. Since I’m WAY too dignified for that sort of folderol and this is a Family Blog, I’m going to say “Sildenafil citrate”.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        syrup

    • indaburg - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      That threesome should be enough to satisfy any Beaver.

      • cur68 - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        Ask me after Tuesday. He might get up on that mound and be unable to perform. Can’t be havin’ that.

      • indaburg - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        There are methods to ensure that doesn’t happen. Proper warm-up and so on.

      • cur68 - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        I understand that certain foods have been known to help, too. Mangos. Melons. Stuff like that. Of course I’m not advocating ANYTHING that would cross over the line into PEDs territory, BUT a fella should do all he can do, within the rules of course, to be sure he can perform on the day,

      • indaburg - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        Oh, lots of fruit can enhance performance. Bananas even. Especially if a comely lass rather than Wang is the one eating it. Definitely a PED.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:40 PM

        Might have to teach him that spitter then.

      • indaburg - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        That’s no PED. That’s gamesmanship.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        You mean: pitching to the score.

      • paperlions - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:53 PM

        Man, I read through all of this, then read a scouting report on a draftee that says:

        “He has a simple approach with a quick, short stroke with gap power, making hard contact to all fields, especially with fastballs, when he’s swinging the bat well.”

      • indaburg - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:20 PM

        I wrote that report.

      • paperlions - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:31 PM

        LMFAO

      • indaburg - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:18 PM

        I made you laugh! My night is complete. :-)

  9. Detroit Michael - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    This reminds me of a true story: there is a metro Detroit area law firm that advertises occasionally on the radio whose name makes me cringe: “Harness, Dickey & Pierce”

  10. jayscarpa - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    This is my friend Mr. Wang . . . no offense

  11. proudlyfrenchcanadian - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    The Blue Jays are picking from the scrap heap… I feel like I’ve heard that one before!

  12. zzalapski - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    I hear the Jays’ rotation is restricted, Wang, so don’t tell ‘em you’re Jewish, okay?

    (I jest, of course. Anyone can pitch for the Jays, as their ERA indicates.)

    • cackalackyank - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      Pitch, or stand on the mound and throw a baseball?

  13. mackstrong2013 - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Man I hate baseball fans.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      I’m sure the feeling is mutual.

  14. indaburg - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    I am suddenly a Jays fan.

  15. devanleyers - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    “..but managed just 25 strikeouts in 58 innings..” Strange comment, almost exactly the same as his career ratio, was never a strikeout pitcher.

  16. nbjays - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    I’m surprised that ‘harry hasn’t commented on this yet, but since the thread conversation has gone sort of PG, his mother probably decided he shouldn’t read it.

  17. trollingforjustice - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    Everybody Wang- chung tonight!

  18. cackalackyank - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Now wouldn’t it be cool if their was a pitcher available named Chung?

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