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If the Yankees non-tender Wang, he's gone

Dec 11, 2009, 4:00 PM EDT

Tomorrow is the deadline for teams to decide whether or not to tender their non free-agent players a contract for next year.  If the player is non-tendered he is granted free agency. Teams can
still negotiate with a player that is non-tendered, however, and often do.

This won’t be the case with Chien-Ming Wang, according to Brian Hoch, who tweets that Wang’s agent has indicated that Wang will look to leave New York if he’s not offered a contract, as is widely expected.

Not terribly surprising. It will likewise be unsurprising if Wang doesn’t sign anywhere else for a good long time as he is not going to be ready to pitch in the spring due to shoulder surgery.

  1. wickethewok - Dec 11, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    That’s weird – the Yankees are usually excellent at tendering Wang.

  2. YANKEES1996 - Dec 11, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    GOODBYE, don’t let the door hit you in the a$$ on the way out. Oh, and say hi to your buddy Carl Pavano!!

  3. Dan - Dec 11, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    Wow, that’s pretty harsh. Considering Pavano never won 19 games in one season for the Yankees…

  4. smokehouse - Dec 11, 2009 at 5:03 PM

    He’s a hell of a pitcher. A #2 or #3 on many teams. Some of you people have a short fuse. If the Yanks release him he will get work for a small market team, and that’s good. The big spending Yankees, Phillies and Red Sox don’t need hime but others do.

  5. yankeeneeds - Dec 11, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    Don’t understand the yankees getting rid of pitching when that is thier weakest spot and biggest need. Wang was a 19 game winner twice. When healthy he’s one of the best in the game, why not give him a small contract loaded with incentives. He’s still young with lots of up side.

  6. peteinfla - Dec 11, 2009 at 6:23 PM

    What the F*** are you talking about? The guy won 19 games back to back years before he got hurt. In fact, he is 55-26 lifetime, with a 1.34 WHIP (as if you even know what that is), and a 4.16 ERA (maybe you know what this is – maybe). He throws a 92-95mph sinkerball, and he doesn’t give up many HRs, which you may realize is important in Yankee Stadium. He is a classy guy, never complains, and tried to pitch hurt last year. And you want to compare this guy to Pavano? Please find someone else to root for, your an embarassment to any Yankee fan who actually KNOWS anything about baseball!

  7. SadYankees - Dec 11, 2009 at 6:56 PM

    Thumbs up, peteinfla. YANKEES1996 was completely nonsense comparing Wang to Pavano.

  8. LOLAtYou - Dec 12, 2009 at 5:06 AM

    What, no post from Len the Yankee Fan? God that guy has to be the dumbest poster ever.
    Btw, memo to Yannkee fans: No one says ‘Yankee Universe’ except you and Hank Steinbrenner.

  9. YANKEES1996 - Dec 12, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    peteinfla, WHIP = walks & hits per innings pitched, Look Wang had 2 good years and since then has done absolutely nothing. When he came back from the foot injury his ERA was over eleven and his control was non-exisistent including that sinker ball your so fond of. If he had shown any flash of his former self then I would cut him a break but he didn’t, he was just plain terrible. The operation on his shoulder was according to Baseball Digest was more serious than the doctors believed was going to be needed. If the Yankees want to tender him and incentive laden contract and he goes for it which I don’t believe he will then so be it, but how long do let the guy lay on the DL and not do something to contribute to the team. Carl Pavano was the extreme example of this he could not do anything without getting hurt and spending time on the DL. I don’t think 2 good years justifies some type crazy contract when there are better starting pitchers on the FA market.

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