The Atlanta Braves plan to target at-least one starting pitcher this offseason but it is safe to say that Monday’s signing of Chien-Ming Wang is not it.
Wang signed a minor league deal with the Braves with an invitation to spring training. While splitting time between the Triple-A affiliates for the Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds the 34-year-old Wang registered a 4.12 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 172 2/3 inning of work.
It is doubtful that Wang will have much, if any, impact for the Braves.
The right hander has done very little over the last three years and dating back to his time with the New York Yankees only twice topped 120 innings pitched in a season at the big league level.
Both Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy – who missed all of 2014 while recovering from their second Tommy John surgery – are expected to return to the Braves early in the 2015 season.
The Braves will need to find someone to replace Ervin Santana and Aaron Harang.