White Sox sign Chien-Ming Wang

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Chien-Ming Wang, who opted out of his minor-league contract with the Reds earlier this week, has signed a new minor-league deal with the White Sox. He’ll report to Triple-A Charlotte and start yet another comeback attempt.

Wang won 19 games in back-to-back seasons for the Yankees in 2006 and 2007, but since then he’s logged a total of 259 innings with a 5.67 ERA while repeatedly being sidelined by injuries.

This season at Triple-A for the Reds’ affiliate he had a 3.70 ERA in 19 starts, with nearly as many walks (45) as strikeouts (50) in 119 innings, so it’s hard to view him as anything more than organizational depth at this point.

Astros assistant GM Mike Elias reported to be next Orioles general manager

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Astros assistant GM Mike Elias will be the new general manager of the Orioles “barring a change of heart.”

Elias, 35, has been the Astros’ assistant general manager since August 2016. He had previously served as Houston’s scouting director and, before that, as a scout for the Cardinals. He was part of the team that came over from the Cardinals when Jeff Luhnow joined the Astros.

If he does take the O’s job his work will certainly be cut out for him. Baltimore was historically bad in 2018, finishing 47-115 thanks to a roster full of expensive, past-their-prime players and an underdeveloped farm system. He’ll have to hit the ground running too, as he’ll not join the team until nearly two months into the club’s offseason, having had no time to assess its needs and personnel. Oh, and the Winter Meetings begin in a little over three weeks.