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Blue Jays sign Chien-Ming Wang


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.

Report: Angels to announce Billy Eppler as new GM on Monday

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Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels are expected to announce Billy Eppler as their new general manager on Monday. Eppler had been serving as the assistant general manager with the Yankees.

Jerry DiPoto had been the Angels’ GM but he stepped down on July 1. DiPoto later joined the Red Sox in an advisory role, then was named the Mariners’ new GM last week.

The Angels lost to the Rangers in Sunday’s season finale, which eliminated them from contention for the second AL Wild Card spot. They finished 85-77. Most of their regulars are under contract for the 2016 season, but Eppler will have to decide whether to tender contracts to seven arbitration-eligible players while filling in the rest of the roster.

Padres announce Pat Murphy won’t return as manager in 2016

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Per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Padres have announced that interim manager Pat Murphy won’t return as the team’s manager in 2016. Haudricourt adds that Brewres manager Craig Counsell tried to get Murphy on his staff, and says to look for Murphy to join the Brewers for the 2016 season.

Murphy led the Padres to a 42-53 record after Bud Black was fired in June. He had previously managed for two years with Single-A Eugene in 2011-12, and at Triple-A Tucson and El Paso in 2013-14.

Former major leaguer Phil Nevin is a candidate for the Padres’ vacant managing position, according to Scott Miller of Bleacher Report.