In light of Mat Latos’ knee surgery, the Reds decided to bring aboard some insurance.
On a minor-league deal, the Reds signed veteran Chien-Ming Wang and will invite him to Spring Training. The news comes via a news release from Taiwan on behalf of his agency, Octagon. Should Wang make the Major League roster, he will make at least $1.25 million, and should he pass all of the incentive marks in his contract, he could make $3 million.
Wang had two stand out years with the Yankees in 2006 and 2007, finishing second in the Cy Young voting in 2006. Since then, a rash of injuries have plagued the right-hander. Last year, he pitched for both the Blue Jays’ and Yankees’ Triple-A teams before posting two great starts for Toronto and four terrible starts in the second half of the season. Overall for 2013, Wang pitched to a 1-2 record with a 7.67 ERA over six starts.
Wang’s deal also includes two opt-out dates if he is not on the Major League roster, at the end of May or June.