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Yankees may non-tender Wang following surgery

Nov 11, 2009, 1:08 PM EDT

Chien-Ming Wang is making his way back from June shoulder surgery and plans to begin a throwing program on December 1 with an eye toward being ready for game action as soon as mid-April, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees are giving serious thought to non-tendering him.
While that’s not necessarily surprising given Wang’s arbitration eligibility and $5 million salary this season, Sherman also notes that the Yankees may “not even offer him” an incentive-laden contract to return, basically choosing just to part ways with the 29-year-old right-hander who went 54-20 with a 3.79 ERA before falling apart in 2009.

  1. Yankee Fan in Boston - Nov 11, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    I said this back during Wang’s heyday: you always have to be concerned about Asian pitchers, because their workload coming up is a lot more than pitchers here, and they’re more prone to breaking down in shorter time.
    Going back through marquee pitchers from Japan/China/Korea/Taiwan, I cannot think of any of them who’ve stayed healthy and productive for what one would consider a long career. Hideo Nomo. Hideki Irabu. Chan Ho Park. Look at Daisuke Matsusaka this past season. Even that lightning-in-a-bottle reliever for the Red Sox, Hideki Okajima flamed out quickly.
    I have to believe the Yankees saw something they really didn’t like to give up on this guy. They’re suh fiends for pitching, and Wang is a cheap option. If they non-tender this guy, it’s got to be for good reason.

  2. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Nov 11, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    I have to believe the Yankees saw something they really didn’t like to give up on this guy. They’re suh fiends for pitching, and Wang is a cheap option. If they non-tender this guy, it’s got to be for good reason.

    They might non-tender him since he’s eligible for arbitration, which he’d accept b/c no one would sign an injured pitcher with a history of shoulder problems.
    Most likely they’ll try and resign him to a cheaper deal thus saving them a few $MM.

  3. Old Gator - Nov 11, 2009 at 10:15 PM

    Why would the Borg treat Wang any more tenderly than anyone else they’ve ever made Borg? These are businessmen, not missionaries. You should have seen all the bruises on Dave Winfield.

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