Chien-Ming Wang in talks with multiple teams

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A few weeks ago it was reported that Chien-Ming Wang and the Yankees may have some interest in a reunion, but things went silent as the WBC got underway and Wang pitched for Chinese Taipei. There still is some interest there, but Wang is not focusing exclusively on the Yankees:

 

Wang posted a 6.68 ERA and 2.01 WHIP in 32 and a third injury-wracked innings last season for the Nationals. He was more useful the year before, though it has been some time since he’s demonstrated that he can be healthy, effective and durable. Still: pitching insurance is pitching insurance and there is little downside to signing Wang and keeping him in the “break glass in case one of your starters gets hurt” case next to the door.

Brandon McCarthy wins final spot in Dodgers’ rotation

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We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.

McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.

Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.