Chien-Ming Wang opts out of contract; signs with Blue Jays

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Right-hander Chien-Ming Wang has exercised an opt-out clause in his contract and the Yankees have granted him his release, the team announced. I guess he had more opt-out clauses than the five that were originally reported. Ken Rosenthal says he will sign with the Blue Jays and join their rotation next week.

Wang, 33, pitched to a 2.33 ERA (3.36 FIP) with 58% ground ball rate in 58 innings across nine starts for Triple-A Scranton this year. Rumor has it he was seeking a big league contract before opting out of his contract, and it looks like Toronto is willing to give him one. The Jays are dealing with a ton of pitching injuries and need the help. The emergency of Vidal Nuno and Michael Pineda‘s encouraging rehab pushed Wang further out of the picture, so it’s no surprise he opted out. Oh well.

Mailbag: Hughes, Bullpen, A-Rod, Pena
Friday Night Open Thread
  • Andrew

    Sad to see him go to an obnoxious/crappy division rival but will always hope CMW does well. Was going to be tough in the AL East regardless of the situation, but him on turf with the Jays’ craptastic defense…might need to say a prayer for the guy.

    • Eric

      Obnoxious? Aren’t you a Yankees fan? Can’t get more obnoxious than that.

      • jsbrendog


        • jjyank


      • BronxBomber98

        Andrew isn’t the one trolling on other teams websites and insulting them, Eric. I’m pretty sure that is more obnoxious than anything.

        • Rockdog

          Bingo part 2 (the sequel)

          • MannyGeee

            Troll 2- electric boogaloo

  • DERP

    Dickey, Johnson, and Wang all in the same rotation

    • SDB

      Ladies and gentlemen, your 2013 Offseason Champions!

      • alen

        R.A. had a rough start. i was glad the Mets let him go. that and his age

    • Paul D

      am I the only one that got this joke? good job

      • Rick

        Lol I’m with you. It has nothing to do with being the off season champs.

        • SDB

          I really shouldn’t be reading this site when brain-dead at work. (Actually, scratch that, I wouldn’t make it through work otherwise…)

    • Nutty Squirrel

      That’s nuts, man.

      • Dr. TJ Eckleberg

        /golf clap

    • Fernando

      They are going to add Viagra and Cialis to fill out the back end of the rotations. All puns intended.

    • MannyGeee

      Quick… Swing trades for Fister & Furbush!

      • SDB

        Just don’t get Minor, you don’t want him involved with this rotation just yet.

        • Electric Nunez ll

          I needed a laugh at the end of a long week, thanks…

  • J.R.

    He always got shelled in Toronto on that turf. The sinker off the bat is like a rocket.

  • Eric Marinbach

    Yankees will regret this decision. Pineda is still not good enough and Nuno and Nova are in the minors for depth.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      and Nuno and Nova are in the minors for depth.

      That’s what Wang was, too. The only difference is Nuno and Nova might have an actual future.

      And they can’t really regret the decision, as it was Wang’s decision, not theirs.

    • Scott

      Wang has no chance. In AAA in 2012 & 2013, his K rate was 3.5-3.9 K/9 — not nearly enough to get MLB hitters out, and corroborating that a mid-80s “sinker” is just a shitty pitch that nobody swings at & misses.

      • Eric

        He has never been a strikeout pitcher. In his two big seasons with the Yankees, he had 3.1 and 4.7. While I don’t like wins he did pick up 19. I guess he doesn’t need to strike guys out to be effective huh?
        You’re too focused on the K. Plus, worth a shot for Jays who lose nothing if he is ineffective since they would have used a guy like Chad Jenkins who probably isn’t very effective either.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          The difference is he’s at that K/9 level against AAA competition now. He’ll likely be even lower against MLB competition.
          Wang was routinely at 6 – 7.5 K/9 in the minors before his first stint with the Yankees.
          It is worth a shot for the Jays, though. They don’t really have anything to lose at this point.

      • Jimmy

        Wang is not a strike out pitcher. He creates ground balls and doubles plays… You don’t even know this player…

    • jsbrendog

      no, no they won’t. i would bet pineda has better #s at year end than wang does at the ml level.

  • trr

    Thanks Chien for the good years, and best of luck! (except against us, of course)

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Too bad. I would have liked to see him make a relief appearance or 2 for old time sake.

    Hopefully the black cloud over Toronto won’t get him too. He was always a class act.

    Fucking NL making the pitcher bat, ruined a good career.

  • jjyank

    That sucks. I really don’t want to have to root against him.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      You won’t have to, really.

      The Jays are complete non-factors this year.

      • jjyank

        But he may start against the Yankees. And that’s a bummer.

      • TomH

        “The Giants is dead.”

  • jim p

    One positive thing: if he appears against the Yankees at the Stadium he’ll have a chance to hear the love from the fans. So there’s that.

  • MannyGeee

    Wow… Good for him, but that team isn’t what one would call “defensively sound”… Unless he’s got that thing dialed in to the point where he can induce 27 ground balls a night to Reyes and 1B, he MIT have a tough go…

    • MannyGeee

      ‘MIGHT have a tough go…

  • Mike

    Honestly, unless there are multiple injuries Wang wouldn’t have been called up. I’d prefer sticking with Hughes anyway. He’s been good.

    • Jimmy

      Hughes has been pretty bad… no offense of course. While CMW has seen better days, he is better than the hughes now