Thursday, December 19, 2013

Report: Reds sign Chien-Ming Wang to minor league deal

The Reds have added more pitching depth by signing right-hander Chien-Ming Wang to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training. According to Focus Taiwan News Channel, Wang will reportedly earn a monthly salary of  $15,000 in 2014, which could be increased to $1.25 million if he is able to land a spot on the 25-man roster. He could even earn as much as $3 million if he achieves the incentives built into this contract.

The 33-year-old last pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013 where he posted a 1-2 record and 7.67 ERA in six starts at the major league level. In Triple-A Wang posted a 4-3 mark with a 3.48 ERA in nine starts.

Before spending last season with the Blue Jays, Wang spent two seasons with the Washington Nationals, and five seasons before that with the New York Yankees. It's been over six years since Wang last produced what one could label as a productive season.

In 2007, Wang tallied a 19-7 record and a 3.70 ERA at the age of 27 for the Yankees. In 2006, he produced a 19-6 mark with a 3.63 ERA. However, he has failed to make more than 15 starts in a season ever since, and did not pitch at all in the majors in 2010.

It's probably a longshot that Wang will make the rotation out of spring training. But he would give the Reds a solid replacement plan if he is able to return to the form he boasted in 2006 and 2007.

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