Baseball: Taiwan's Wang signs deal with Yankees

Chien-Ming Wang, a right-handed pitcher from Taiwan who won 55 games over five years for the New York Yankees through 2009, has signed a new contract with the Major League Baseball club.

The Yankees announced on Saturday that they have signed Wang, who turns 33 next week, to a minor-league contract, a move that comes after two strong outings from the Asian ace for his homeland in the World Baseball Classic.

Wang threw six shutout innings in a first-round victory over Australia and six more shutout innings against Japan in a 4-3 second-round defeat.

He would need to perform well for Yankees developmental clubs before being elevated to New York.

After joining the Yankees in 2005, Wang won 19 games in both 2006 and 2007 before suffering a foot injury while running the bases in the 2008 campaign and hip and shoulder injuries that nagged him in 2009.

Wang missed the 2010 season while recovering from shoulder surgery and pitched for Washington the past two years, going 6-6 with a 4.94 earned-run average in 21 games for the Nationals until becoming a free agent.

In 109 games with the Yankees, Wang is 55-26 with a 4.16 earned-run average.