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Yankees sign Chien-Ming Wang to minor-league deal
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.