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Blue Jays sign Chien-Ming Wang

Jun 10, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Making official what was reported last week, the Blue Jays have signed Chien-Ming Wang to a minor-league contract. He’s expected to be called up to start Tuesday against the White Sox.

Wang opted out of his minor-league deal with the Yankees because they had no intention of calling him up and the Blue Jays reached out with an opportunity to return to the majors.

John Lott of the Toronto Post reports that Wang’s contract is worth a prorated share of $500,000 and the Blue Jays have offered Wang “no guarantees beyond his first start.” Wang convinced Toronto to give him a chance by posting a 2.33 ERA in nine starts at Triple-A, but managing just 23 strikeouts in 58 innings there doesn’t bode well for his odds of sticking around.

  1. cur68 - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    So Dickey today, Wang tomorrow. I’m not making this up, either.

    Go Beavers!

    • Jeremy T - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      Don’t forget Johnson

      • cur68 - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        Right you are. Its “Johnson, Dickey & Wang”, isn’t it? You can’t make this stuff up! If only Dick Pole was still in baseball. He’s still around: he could be pitching coach for these guys.

      • southpaw2k - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        Johnson, Dickey, & Wang should be a law firm.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        They need a Peters.

      • slartibartfast4242 - Jun 10, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        Only if the Jays can trade for Fister and Furbush as well, that’d be a pitching staff to make any beaver happy.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      Dickey, Wang and Beavers. Goes together like Peanut Butter and Jelly.

    • turdfurgerson68 - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      Somewhere both Dick Pole and Pete LaCock are smiling….

      • cur68 - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:50 PM

        Forgot about Pete LaCock. He can be bullpen coach

  2. specialkindofstupid - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    “No guarantees beyond his first start,” eh? I’m torn. I hope he does well. But at the same time, if he does do well, we’ll have to endure many more Wang puns.

  3. Anoesis - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Hey, those male-oriented names aren’t the only ones available for puns. Let’s give the female side its just due:

    Cannonball Titcomb
    Charlie Furbush
    Chris Bushing
    Dave Bush
    Donnie Bush
    Guy Bush
    Homer Bush
    Randy Bush
    Frank Bushey
    Doc Bushong
    Doug Fister
    Merlin Nippert

    Enough Bush for a starting nine.

    • bobwsc - Jun 10, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      don’t forget Royals first base coach Rusty Kuntz

  4. sawxalicious - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Wang was never a big strikeout pitcher, still enjoyed good success in the bigs. Granted, normally the lack of strikeouts will translate to struggles for a pitcher, but please do some research on a giy before you put this in your article. For his career he had 350 strikeouts in 765 innings. Saying the lack of strikeouts won’t bode well for him would be like saying a guy like Prince Fielder didn’t have any triples in a rehab assignment, so he likely won’t have success in the bigs. Not a huge part of his game.

    • Bryz - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      Strikeouts for pitchers and triples for hitters are not an apples-to-apples comparison. Strikeouts are common for pitchers, whereas triples are pretty rare.

      By the way, Wang’s success from 2005-2008 was based on allowing very few homers and a decent walk rate. In 2010 and 2012, his walk rate was over 4 BB/9 and he’s allowed a ton of HR since 2010, which has led to his struggles lately.

  5. chip56 - Jun 10, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    So the BJays rotation is Dickey, Wang and Johnson…wow, that could be some STIFF competition for the rest of the AL East so long as they don’t BLOW it.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 10, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      You have it wrong. Johnson pitched yesterday, so the rotation this week is Johnson, Dickey, Wang, Buehrle and Rogers.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 10, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        If you prefer to think that Monday is the first day of the week, the rotation is Dickey, Wang, Buehrle, Rogers and Johnson.

    • cackalackyank - Jun 10, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      Whatever happens, they will be facing a lot of WOOD.

  6. sawxalicious - Jun 10, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    @Brz – OK, I admit my comparison wasn’t great. But you get my point, right?

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