Chien-Ming Wang couldn't resurrect his career in three tries with the Nationals from 2010-12, nor in another attempt last season with the Blue Jays. But the veteran right-hander will get yet another shot in 2014, courtesy the Reds.
Cincinnati has signed Wang to a minor-league contract with an invitation to big-league camp next spring, according to a report by Focus Taiwan News Channel.
The Reds are hoping Wang can do what he has not been able to do since 2007: Pitch effectively in the major leagues over a prolonged stretch. Beset by a major shoulder injury after back-to-back, 19-win seasons with the Yankees, Wang signed with the Nationals in Feb. 2010 but never appeared in a game that season. He did make 21 appearances (16 starts) over the next two years, going 6-6 with a 4.94 ERA over his career in Washington.
After signing with the Blue Jays last offseason, Wang made six starts, going 1-2 with a 7.67 ERA and a gaudy 1.815 WHIP.
Can he finally prove healthy and effective in what presumably will be his final shot now with the Reds? It's hard to imagine everything clicking now at age 34 after six seasons of injuries and disappointments.
Give Wang credit, though. He isn't giving up on his career, and he is willing to pitch in the minors in an attempt to re-establish himself and perhaps enjoy a full comeback one of these days.