For Chien-Ming Wang, the decision to sign a minor-league deal with the Yankees was a no-brainer.
“It was an easy decision for me because I never wanted to leave,” Wang said through a translator after going through a brief workout Monday morning at the Yankees’ minor-league complex.

Wang, who turns 33 on Sunday, will start the season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, providing rotation depth for the Yankees. Following four injury-filled years, Wang said his health is “much better” now, adding that he’s ready to do “everything I can” to get back to the majors with the Yanks in 2013.
Wang won 19 games for the Yankees in both 2006 and ’07, finishing second in the American League Cy Young vote in 2006. He was on his way to another productive season in 2008, going 8-2 in his first 15 starts before he suffered a season-ending foot injury while running the bases.

Wang returned in 2009, but he went 1-6 with a 9.64 ERA in 12 games (nine starts) before a shoulder injury ended his season and led to surgery. He pitched parts of the past two seasons with the Nationals, going 6-6 with a 4.94 ERA in 21 games (16 starts).