Yankees among teams with interest in Chien-Ming Wang

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Chien-Ming Wang back in pinstripes? Maybe.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees and five other MLB teams are expressing interest in the free agent right-hander, who allowed just four hits over six scoreless innings Saturday as his Chinese Taipei team grabbed a 4-1 victory over Australia in Group B of the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

The Yankees were in attendance for that start.

Wang posted a hideous 6.68 ERA and 2.01 WHIP in 32 1/3 innings (five starts, five relief appearances) last season for the Nationals, but the 32-year-old was battling hip and hamstring issues. He registered a 4.04 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 62 1/3 innings (11 starts) with the Nats in 2011.

The Yankees need starting rotation depth because Phil Hughes is having back problems.

Royals sign Drew Storen to minor league deal

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The Royals are in agreement with right-handed reliever Drew Storen on a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the deal is worth $1.25 million if the veteran righty breaks camp with the club this spring. Additional, albeit unspecified incentives will be included in the contract as well.

Storen, 31, is coming off of a protracted absence from any MLB duties. After inking a one-year deal with the Reds in 2017, he sustained a right elbow sprain toward the end of the year and underwent Tommy John surgery that October. He was effectively decommissioned for the club’s entire 2018 run and generated little interest around the league this winter, perhaps due in part to the uninspired 4.45 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 7.9 SO/9, and career-low -0.2 fWAR he posted across 54 2/3 innings during his last healthy season.

While it’s not immediately clear what kind of performance the Royals can expect from Storen in spring training, they’re not exactly in a position to be choosy. Their bullpen ranked dead last among all MLB teams with a collective 5.04 ERA, 4.85 FIP, and -2.2 fWAR last year, and still appears to be in a state of flux as they approach Opening Day. Skipper Ned Yost told reporters Wednesday that he intends to eschew the traditional closer appointment in 2019 and will instead utilize a combination of right-handers Wily Peralta and Brad Boxberger, lefty Tim Hill, and various others as he tackles high-leverage situations in the future.