Making official what was reported last week, the Blue Jays have signed Chien-Ming Wang to a minor-league contract. He’s expected to be called up to start Tuesday against the White Sox.
Wang opted out of his minor-league deal with the Yankees because they had no intention of calling him up and the Blue Jays reached out with an opportunity to return to the majors.
John Lott of the Toronto Post reports that Wang’s contract is worth a prorated share of $500,000 and the Blue Jays have offered Wang “no guarantees beyond his first start.” Wang convinced Toronto to give him a chance by posting a 2.33 ERA in nine starts at Triple-A, but managing just 23 strikeouts in 58 innings there doesn’t bode well for his odds of sticking around.
The substance of the report is not shocking. Francisco Lindor is one of baseball’s brightest young stars and the Cleveland Indians would, no doubt, wish to lock him up for an extended period of time. The surprising part is the guy who reported that, yes, the Indians are working to get Lindor a seven-year extension.
That guy: six-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff. Brody was invited into the team’s broadcast booth during the ninth inning of their game against the Chicago White Sox. Indians announcer Tom Hamilton asked, no doubt jokingly, if his working on anything interesting. Brody:
“He’s trying to get, um, Lindor to play for seven more years,”
Again, not shocking. It would’ve been way worse if Brody had said “Dad’s working on a three-way deal that’ll send Naquin to an NL team in order to affect a three-way trade that’ll land us Verlander without having to deal directly with a divisional rival.” But I imagine Dad still would’ve preferred he not mention that.
Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.