Royals sign veteran pitcher Chien-Ming Wang to minor league contract

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Looking to bolster starting rotation depth, the Kansas City Royals have announced a minor league deal for eight-year MLB veteran pitcher Chien-Ming Wang. The 35-year-old right-hander is coming off of a 2015 season where he pitched in the minors for the Atlanta Braves and Seattle Mariners organizations.

Wang hasn’t made a major league appearance since 2013 when he was pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays. His most notable seasons were with the New York Yankees when he posted back-to-back 19-win seasons in 2006 and 2007. He finished second in Cy Young Award voting in 2006 when Minnesota Twins pitcher Johan Santana was the unanimous winner.

In 130 minor league innings last year, Wang had a collective 5.88 earned run average and went 6-11 overall.