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Chien-Ming Wang exercises opt-out clause, is given release from Yankees

Report has 33-year-old set to sign with Toronto and join Jays rotation Tuesday
06/07/2013 2:05 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Chien-Ming Wang was 4-4 with a 2.33 ERA in nine starts for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.(AP)
Chien-Ming Wang has exercised an out clause in his Minor League contract and been given his release from the organization, the team announced Friday.

Although he had just decided not to exercise the latest chronological out clause in his deal on May 31, Wang also had a perpetual out clause that allowed him to leave if he were offered a Major League opportunity with another team; according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, that’s exactly what happened, as Rosenthal reports that Wang will sign with Toronto and is expected to start for the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Wang inked a Minor League deal with the Yankees late in Spring Training and joined Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in late-April, going 4-4 with a 2.33 ERA in nine starts for the RailRiders. He last pitched on June 1, earning the win with seven shutout innings at Durham, and was named International League Pitcher of the Week on June 3 after going 2-0 with 14 shutout innings pitched over the previous seven days.

The 33-year-old righty had five timely out clauses in his deal – those coming on April 30, May 31, June 30, August 10 and August 31 – but chose to stay with the organization after the first two had passed.

For his Major League career, Wang is 61-32 with a 4.20 ERA in 130 appearances (120 starts) for the Yankees and Nationals, and he was 2-3 with a 6.68 ERA in 10 games for Washington last season.

Toronto’s rotation has been besieged by injuries this season, and 11 different men have made at least one start in the team’s first 59 games. The team did just activate RHP Josh Johnson off the disabled list on Tuesday, but had to place RHP Ramon Ortiz (strained right elbow) on the DL that same day and had just lost RHP Brandon Morrow (strained right forerarm) and outrighted LHP Ricky Romero off the 40-man roster three days earlier.

The Blue Jays will have to make a 40-man roster move to accommodate Wang if and when he does sign.

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