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Chien-Ming Wang opts out of contract with the Reds

Jul 13, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

Pitcher Chien-Ming Wang has opted out of his minor league contract with the Reds, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Wang signed with the Reds back in December and served as organizational pitching depth.

The 34-year-old right-hander made 19 starts at Triple-A Louisville, posting a 3.70 ERA with a 50/45 K/BB ratio in 119 1/3 innings. Wang last pitched in the major leagues on August 24 last season, making the last of six starts for the Blue Jays.

Nothing has been confirmed yet, but rumors have Wang signing a minor league deal with the White Sox.

  1. renaado - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:37 PM


  2. bronxbomber213 - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Don’t know why yanks wouldn’t give him a look.

  3. cubfan531 - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    White Sox make a lot of sense, they’ve been desperately searching for an answer in the back of the rotation. Scott Carroll had a nice start, but he’s regressed back to what he is: AAA depth. Younger arms Rienzo and Johnson haven’t gotten the job done either, and you just never know how long Hector Noesi can keep being at least mildly productive.

  4. edelmanfanclub - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    I remember his career went down hill after a game vs the Astros, where he rounded 3rd to hard and hurt his foot. One of the Steinbrenner says it was BS that he had to hit because he was a pitcher and in an NL park. The Astros ended up moving to AL a couple seasons later oddly enough.

  5. gloccamorra - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Randy Wolf opted out of his deal with the Orioles too. Could we see Wang&Wolf in the Yankees rotation soon?

  6. vallewho - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    NYY could use him

  7. mazblast - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    “a 50/45 K/BB ratio in 119 1/3 innings” does not bode well for him as a major league pitcher. He had two truly effective years with the Yankees, the last of which was in 2007–a long time ago. He got hurt the first time in 2008, and his results nosedived after that, even when he was “healthy”.

    Face it. He won a lot of games due to great support and luck, and it’s long been OVER. He’ll get a half dozen starts somewhere based on his “former 19-game winner with the Holy Yankees”, stink it up like he did with Toronto last year, and get cut, only to find another GM who’ll say, “We can rediscover the magic.”

    • genericcommenter - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:48 AM

      The only reasonable post here. So of course you got a lot of thumbs down. He never struck anyone out and was completely dependent on control. Those high walk numbers are alarming, especially since he hasn’t been a serviceable MLB starter in many years. The run support thing is true also- as he led the Yankees in wins but wasn’t the best pitcher those years. He was like a 2 year Jack Morris with the run support of a 2001 Clemens.

  8. dan7162 - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Most people do not realize that Chien-Ming Wang has gone through a “conversion” project (OK, some would say it’s “scrape re-engineering” ) during his association with Buffalo Bisons (7-3-2013 to 9-1-2013) and Louisville Bats (4-1-2014 to 7-13-2014).

    In the WBC game against Japan, he only made TWO pitches that is not sinker in 6 innings. That was March 2013. He is now pitching with 30%~35% of changeup, curveballs and sliders. He is aware of the fact that his sinkers are no longer dominant and is working hard on it.

    Whether or not he is worthy of a MLB contract now, well, we will see.

  9. genericcommenter - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    He left the Yankees twice.

    Sure, they could use just about anyone at this point, and he might be a better option than a lot of AAAA guys and DFA 6th starters.

    But It’s probably not realistic to think either party wants to try a 3rd time.

  10. dan7162 - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Yankees released him in 2009. In 2013, Blue Jays offered MLB contract when Yankees refused to. So that’s the reason that Yankees would rather try the luck on Aceves, LeBlanc, Miller, Rominez, Cabral but refuse a chance to all time Yankees elite pitcher?

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      I’m not sure I understand this post. Please tell me you are not describing Wang as an “all time Yankee elite pitcher”.

      • mazblast - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:20 AM

        This isn’t Whitey Ford or Ron Guidry we’re talking about here. This isn’t even Jim Bouton (to name someone who had two good years, then fell off the map).

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      All time elite? Please, put down the crack pipe.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:56 PM

        If he was smoking crack he wouldn’t be on this blog.

    • chip56 - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      Even the years he won 19 games he wasn’t “elite.” Wang was a good pitcher who got hurt and was never the same. Sucks but it happens.

    • genericcommenter - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      Mike Mussina was pretty good in 2008, but hasn’t been an effective MLB pitcher since then either. Give him a call?

    • dan7162 - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      CMW ranked 94 in The Pinstripe Alley Top 100 Yankees last year. Well, at least he is an ex-Yankees elite pitcher.

  11. chip56 - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    I applaud Wang for trying to hang in there – I applaud him more for singing with Toronto last year and giving the BJs a rotation of Johnson, Dickey and Wang for a while – but it would appear that without that turbo-sinker he just doesn’t have what it takes to be a big leauger.

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