On Thursday, the KC Royals added some more pitching depth to Triple-A, as they signed veteran right-hander Chien-Ming Wang to a minor league deal (with most likely an invitation to spring training).
The soon-to-be 36 year old will make $1 million if he makes the Major League roster. He could earn $1.5 million in incentives as a starter or up to $250,000 as a reliever.
Wang has not pitched in the big leagues since 2013 (an awful six starts with Toronto, after two awful seasons in Washington). He spent the 2015 season split between Triple-A with Atlanta and Seattle (6-11 with a 5.88 ERA in 22 games, 20 starts). Opponents hit .339 against him with 11 home runs. He also walked 35 and struck out 51 in 130 innings.
The Royals are hoping that reuniting him with pitching coach Dave Eiland will get Wang back on track.
Remember, Wang won 19 games in back-to-back seasons with the NY Yankees (2006-2007) with ERAs under 3.71.
However, Wang will always walk batters and give up close to as many hits as innings pitched.