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Chien-Ming Wang signs with the Reds

Dec 19, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

Chien-Ming Wang

There are a couple of reports this morning that Chien-Ming Wang has signed a minor league deal with the Cincinnati Reds with a spring training invitation.

We last saw Wang getting shellacked in a July game for the Toronto Blue Jays, in which he couldn’t escape the second inning after allowing six runs on eight hits and a walk. This after he was staked to a 4-0 lead. The Jays designated him for assignment that night and that, we figured, was that. After all, he hadn’t had a full season worth of starts since 2007. He was moderately useful in a handful of starts in 2011. Otherwise it had been a disaster of injury and poor pitching for Wang for several years.

He has to be considered a long shot to make the team. Heck, he’s probably a long shot to get meaningful spring training starts. But I guess we get to see him in a uniform at least a couple more times.

  1. woodenulykteneau - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Not to mention an opportunity for NL clubs to use this as his walkup music

    • woodenulykteneau - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      *sigh* That’s why I hardly ever comment here… pearls before swine.

  2. csmountaineer - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    i think the Reds should sign Grady Sizemore to a minor league deal. This would be virtually a no-risk situation. With also a high ceiling. When healthy, he was one of the premier center fielders in the game.

    • braddavery - Dec 19, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      He’s probably already out for the entire 2014 season for some reason or another.

  3. jmcneely1982 - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    It’s just AAA depth. He had to have been told you’re not going to break camp with the Reds. The starting 5 will be Latos, Cueto, Cingrani, Bailey, Leake. With the possible return of Arroyo bumping out Cingrani.

    • southpaw2k - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      I guess that means there’s little chance of seeing a Red Wang on the field. Then again, we did see a Blue Wang this past season, which is basically blue balls.

    • joshbresser - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      Arroyo over Cingrani would be a joke, although it would fit the Reds’ MO- kick out younger, considerably more talented players for older, washed up vets.

    • karlkolchak - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      If Wang represents “AAA depth,” remind me not to dive into that pool.

  4. spudchukar - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Gol-ly, Ward, being a little rough on the Wang, don’t ya think?

  5. jm91rs - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    The Reds have done this every year for awhile now. Very low risk.

    • karlkolchak - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      What’s that? Played with their Wang?

  6. lpd1964 - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    George Takei likes Wang.

  7. straightouttavtown - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    I guess no more Wang, Dickey, and Johnson joke.

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