For the second time in less than two months the Blue Jays have designated Chien-Ming Wang for assignment. Unlike last time, however, when no one wanted Wang and he accepted a Triple-A assignment, this looks like the end of the road.
Wang gave up four earned runs (five total) in three innings on Saturday. It was his first start since the last one before his last DFA back in early July in which he gave up six runs in an inning and two thirds.
It’s hard to see how anyone would be willing to take a chance on Wang at this point. While he had a couple of good years back in the day he has not been remotely useful in over five years.
Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.
When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.
Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.