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New York Yankees Sign Right-Hander Chien-Ming Wang

March 23rd, 2013 at 12:16 AM
By Daniel Sirianni

Shortly after it was revealed that starter Phil Hughes could be starting the season on the disabled list, the New York Yankees agreed to terms with right-hander Chien-Ming Wang on a minor league deal, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports

'Chien-Ming Wang' photo (c) 2007, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Wang started his career with the Yankees in 2005 and played five seasons in the Bronx, posting back to back 19 win seasons in 2006 and 2007. However, after injuries derailed his career, the 32 year-old veteran posted an inflated 6.68 ERA in just five starts and 10 total appearances with the Washington Nationals last season. 

Though Wang struggled in limited playing time last year, he did look impressive in his two starts during the World Baseball Classic this month, pitching 12 scoreless innings for his native Chinese Taipei team. 

The Yankees currently have CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Andy Pettitte, and Ivan Nova penciled into the starting rotation, but if Hughes should miss time during the regular season, Wang could compete to fill that fifth and final spot. 

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