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Dave Duncan could fix Chien-Ming Wang

Dec 13, 2009, 11:14 AM EDT

Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan
said Chien-Ming Wang, who was non-tendered by the Yankees on Saturday,
intrigues him as a free agent,
reports Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.



Wang likely won’t be able to
contribute until next May as he recovers from shoulder surgery, and he
hasn’t pitched a full season since 2007, but when his sinker is on,
Wang is one of the most dominant wormkillers in the game (60.1% career
groundball rate, though it has declined over the past two seasons).
That Duncan sees an opportunity to right Wang shouldn’t surprise anyone.




The Cardinals are currently preparing themselves for life after free agent Joel Pineiro. Under the
tutelage of Duncan, the 31-year-old right-hander was 15-12 with a 3.49
ERA and 1.14 WHIP in ’09, posting a career-best 60.5% groundball rate.
Pineiro didn’t just enjoy his best professional season in 2009, he was
a completely reformed pitcher, leading the majors with 448
groundballs and the National League with 29 double-play grounders. With
Brad Penny already under contract, there’s a strong possibility that
Pineiro signs a lucrative multi-year contract elsewhere.




Wang, who has a more-established
track record as a groundball pitcher, would be a cheap alternative to
Pineiro, even if he won’t contribute immediately. Common thinking is
that Wang will join Joe Torre in Los Angeles, but if he truly wants to
resurrect his career, St. Louis may be his best choice.

  1. hop2171 - Dec 13, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    “Fix” Wang? Look at his numbers before he got hurt, he won 19 games twice so whats there to actually fix here? All he needs to do is get healthy and keep doing what he was doing.

  2. YANKEES1996 - Dec 14, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    The shoulder surgery he had to have was more serious that what was expected and his rehab is being closely monitored by Dr.Andrews. I think the Yankees made a wise choice by not offering on Wang and he still may come back to the Yankees on an incentive based contract, if not, well so be it. I don’t think Wang would fare very well in the NL where he is going to be required to hit and run the bases. I’m sure there is a team out there for him I just don’t think anyone is going to offer big money to sign him coming off of shoulder surgery.
    I don’t think Dave Duncan has to fix Wang, I think Wang is just going to have to trust his doctor and his shoulder. There have been people that said his delivery changed after he injured his foot and if that is the case he will have to fix that on his on his own.

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