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Yankees cut Chien-Ming Wang loose

Dec 12, 2009, 3:23 PM EST

Chien-Ming Wang headshot.jpgAs expected, the Yankees non-tendered Chien-Ming Wang on Saturday.
The 29-year-old right-hander was 1-6 with a 9.64 ERA and 2.02 WHIP in
2009, eventually undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery in June.




Though Wang has already started a
throwing program, he’s not expected to be ready to pitch in the majors until at least May.
He’ll join Erik Bedard and Ben Sheets among low-risk/high-reward
options in free agency.




Wang will receive plenty of interest
(Joe Torre and the Dodgers?), but whoever picks him up can’t be sure of what they will
get. He hasn’t pitched a full season since 2007 and his impressive win totals are in-part a product of a great offense and
Mariano Rivera.

  1. Old Gator - Dec 12, 2009 at 4:55 PM

    Cut him loose all you want, he’ll still have a gig. With that bum flipper, maybe he’ll wind up going home and playing for Tsukuji.

  2. Peteinfla - Dec 12, 2009 at 5:50 PM

    Hey DJ,
    …”his impressive win totals are in-part a product of a great offense and Mariano Rivera.”
    Isn’t this true of any Starting Pitcher for the Yankees? When he came up in 2005, he outproduced some guys like Randy Johnson, Kevin Brown, Jaret Wright and Carl Pavano, all of whon had the same Yankee offense and Mariano as well. Still, 55-26, 1.34 whip and a 4.16 era for lifetime stats are prety damn good! And 5 of his losses came last year, when he was obviously not right even before he hurt his shoulder.
    MLB showed a clip of how he wasn’t placing his foot down when he landed, no doubt a carry-over from the injury in 07. I understand the Yanks decision, but let’s not be too harsh on this guy. He was as good as anyone we had between 2005 and 2007, and I think we have not heard the last of him.
    I expect him to be back, and productive. Maybe the Dodgers, as rumored. Or how about a certain team 180 miles north, who has a recent history of signing pitchers coming off injuries (Smoltz,, Penny…) and would love to stick it to the Yanks. (Perish the thought!)

  3. Peteinfla - Dec 12, 2009 at 5:58 PM

    Hey Old Gator,
    Look I have read many of your posts, and do not want to get into a battle of intelligience with you, as I am convinced I would get crushed. In fact, usually I need a Thesaurus with me just to understand what ever subject you are espousing. (Except of course for you recent tirade about the horsemeat and velveeta death torpedos being served in FILLY). But this time, I feel the need to correct you! Wang is from Taiwan, and I am pretty sure that Tsukuji is a fish market in Japan.

  4. D.J. Short - Dec 12, 2009 at 7:06 PM

    Wang is a fine pitcher, but there’s always been a question of how he would perform had he pitched for, say, Kansas City or the Nationals. Even though I don’t expect him to be the same pitcher he was before, I guess we are about to find out.

  5. D.J. Short - Dec 12, 2009 at 7:07 PM

    Wang is a fine pitcher, but there’s always been a question of how he would perform had he pitched for, say, Kansas City or the Nationals. Even though I don’t expect him to be the same pitcher he was before, I guess we are about to find out.

  6. Old Gator - Dec 12, 2009 at 10:30 PM

    Peteinfla:
    There, you see, you just need to face down your fears sometimes. No crushing for you. You’re absolutely right and I shoulda double-checked on that one. But don’t worry; by this time tomorrow I’ll know the name of the biggest fish market in Taipei.

  7. Old Gator - Dec 12, 2009 at 10:49 PM

    Okay, as promised, it’s the Taichung market. They don’t have a baseball team any more than the Tsukuji market does, but it still would have been funny.
    You would also think that having spent as much time in east Asia as I have, I would have
    realized that “Wang” was a Chinese name. Thank Buddha, though, that I wouldn’t have tripped over “Kim” that way, having also spent some time in Korea. It’s too bad we can’t do background colors on these things or I’d have used a nice light red flush to indicate my sense of embarrassment.
    It’s also too bad that we can’t edit our posts, or I would have gone back and changed “Tsukuji” to “Taichung” and replied that I had no idea of what you were talking about. Ah well.
    Final point: use a dictionary for my posts, rather than a thesaurus. You’ll find some of these brobdingnagian terms I use a lot more quickly that way. And you should never fear being crushed. Whenever I need something to stiffen my spine at any old time, I always watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXCUBVS4kfQ
    To stiffen anything else, there’s Viagra.

  8. AJ Gallo - Dec 13, 2009 at 1:36 AM

    He can’t pitch until May at the earliest. Which means, basically, that the 2010 season will most likely also be a wash. There aren’t exactly a whole lot of teams out there willing, or able, to lay out the kind of cash for a multi-year contract for him hoping to get some kind of significant return on their dollar investment in the 2011 season. Very risky.

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