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Yankees sign Chien-Ming Wang to minor-league deal

Yankees pitcher Chien-Ming Wang winds up in the

Yankees pitcher Chien-Ming Wang winds up in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (April 6, 2008) (Credit: AP)

The Yankees are turning to an old friend to help shore up their rotation.

The team announced Saturday that they reached an agreement with righthander Chien-Ming Wang on a minor-league deal.

The 33-year-old Wang was a key contributor for the Yankees from 2005-08, when he went 55-26 with a 4.16 ERA and 310 strikeouts. He won 19 games in both 2006 and 2007, the first Yankee pitcher since Tommy John to accomplish such a feat.

Things started going downill for the Taiwanese pitcher when he suffered a freak foot injury while running the bases in a 2008 game against the Houston Astros. The injury ended his season, and he had two stints on the disabled list in 2009 before the Washington Nationals signed him to a minor-league deal in 2010.

After missing the 2010 season while recovering from shoulder surgery, Wang went 6-6 with a 4.94 ERA in 21 appearances with the Nationals from 2011-12. Wang also pitched in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, going 1-0 and allowing no runs in 12 innings.

Wang will report to Tampa for Yankees minor league spring training.

Tags: Yankees , Chien-Ming Wang

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