Chien-Ming Wang opts out of Yankees contract, signs with Jays

Chien-Ming Wang has left one AL East team for another. (USATSI)
Chien-Ming Wang has left one AL East team for another. (USATSI)

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The Yankees have granted Chien-Ming Wang his release after the right-hander exercised an opt-out clause in his minor-league contract, the team announced. Jon Heyman of reports that the sinkerballer will sign with the Blue Jays and join their rotation next week.

Wang, 33, signed with New York at the end of spring training. He went 4-4 with a 2.33 ERA and 58 percent ground-ball rate in 58 innings across eight Triple-A starts before opting out. The Yankees reportedly wanted him to focus on his offspeed pitches since his trademark sinker now sits more 88-90 mph rather than 93-95.

Since hurting his foot running the bases in 2008, Wang has gone 7-12 with a 6.39 ERA in 136 2/3 big league innings. He went 54-20 with a 3.79 ERA from 2005-08 before the injury. Wang also suffered a torn shoulder capsule in 2009.

With the emergence of Vidal Nuno and Michael Pineda's encouraging rehab from shoulder surgery, Wang had gotten push toward the bottom of the Yankees pitching depth chart. Ivan Nova is stashed in Triple-A as well.

The Blue Jays have been hit hard by injuries this year, and Wang will be their 12th starting pitcher this year when he gets the call next week.

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