Saturday, the Seattle Mariners signed 35 year-old, and former New York Yankees RHP Chien-Ming Wang to a minor league contract.
This season, he has been pitching with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the independent Atlantic League where he was 3-0 with a 2.49 ERA in three starts. The righty will give it another try to resurrect his career in the Mariners organization.
Before pitching for Southern Maryland, he started the 2015 season in the Braves organization in AAA Gwinnett where he went 2-6 with a 6.10 ERA.
Wang spent the first five years of his career with the Yankees until 2009. After that, he wasn’t in the Majors until 2011 with the Nationals for two seasons and then in 2013 made his most current appearance in the big leagues with Toronto.
The righty owns a career 4.37 ERA with a record of 62-44 overall at the big league level. His best years came in 2006 and 2007 when he won 19 games in each season with New York and even finished as a runner up in the AL Cy Young race in 2006.
According to Tacoma Rainiers broadcaster Mike Curto, Wang will make an appearance or two out of the bullpen before moving into the rotation.
The Mariners have a pretty steady rotation at the moment especially with Roenis Elias in AAA as well, so seeing Wang in a Mariners uniform will likely be a long shot. Injuries do happen, however, and if Seattle makes some deals, he could be an option.