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Non-tendered Wang is a popular free agent

Dec 20, 2009, 10:02 AM EDT

Chien-Ming Wang headshot.jpgNick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that free agent right-hander Chien-Ming Wang is drawing interest from 15 teams,
according to his agent Alan Nero. Wang, who turns 30 in March, was
non-tendered by the Yankees last Saturday after posting a 9.64 ERA in
’09 and undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery in June.




Nero wouldn’t reveal any of the
interested teams, but Cafardo believes that the Red Sox are one of them
and that the Yankees would like to match any offer. While many consider
the Joe Torre and the Dodgers to be the odds-on favorite, last weekend I advocated Wang signing with the Cardinals,
citing pitching coach Dave Duncan’s possible influence on the rehabbing right-hander.



Wang has been long-tossing since the
beginning of the month and plans to visit Dr. James Andrews in January
to get an updated outlook for his rehab. As of now, he’s not expected
to contribute until May at the earliest.

  1. john pileggi - Dec 20, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Someone may get a low-risk, high yield return on Mr. Wang. He is a proven winner who may prosper on a team that can give him some time to rehab and redevelop.

  2. Faiaz - Dec 20, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    He’ll be back where he belongs.

  3. summerof67 - Dec 20, 2009 at 1:52 PM

    Theo Epstein likes those low-risk, high upside deals. He may add to his rotation again. Would like to see that.

  4. DSFC - Dec 20, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    There is absolutely no way in hell the Yankees would let him sign with Boston.

  5. geek - Dec 20, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    An injured pitcher. I suspect the medical report and prognosis is far from certain.

  6. Wang Fan - Dec 20, 2009 at 3:39 PM

    I am hoping NY Mets would sign him NY love Wang

  7. AJ Gallo - Dec 20, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    I just don’t know if I can agree with the position that he’s “low risk.” Yes, he’s in the possible “high reward” category, but right now I don’t believe Wang will be ready to pitch by Opening Day. Barring a minor miracle, the doctors have thus far said that he’ll be able to pitch by mid-May or so at the earliest. Assuming that he’ll need at least another month to round into baseball shape, that is, being able to go 6, 7 innings in a start, he may very well be able to help some team during the second half of the season in their playoff run. But my question would be: how much is that scenario going to cost some team? Cost vs. return?

  8. hawkny - Dec 20, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    As a matter of principal Wang should not re-sign with the Yankees. If they didn’t think enough of him to keep him on their 40-man roster while he recoups why should he stay? It would be poetic justice for Wang to sign with Boston, TEE’s perennial rival in the AL.
    The Red Sox seem to be able to work well with Asian players, and, if healthy, the money Chien-Ming can earn will be almost as good as continuing his career in New York. The Red Sox also have a large following of Asian fans. Imagine the satisfaction Wang could enjoy by coming back to NY, healthy, in a Red Sox uniform, to revenge the slight afforded to him by Yankee managment, when he was down.

  9. guts69 - Dec 20, 2009 at 7:26 PM

    totally AGREE!!! The yanks left him in the dark when he was not tendered a contract when they could and had been definitely enjoying him at his prime time. As much as i love the yankees and support Wang ever since, going to the red sox fanbase will be enough of a career boost for him. Besides, the red sox won’t necessarily need him at the start of the season, so he can contribute at a perfect timing and stress-free situation.

  10. Mook - Dec 20, 2009 at 11:42 PM

    Yankees will very likely keep Wang in the end. The prospect of him being successful is like 50/50, and Cashman may well take that odds. Remembered, he has had previous shoulder surgery during the minor years and he rebounded well from such surgery. He is a home-grown Yankee, Cashman wouldn’t let him go just like that. He is a proven winner, chances that the organization will keep him one more year to see where he is. The non-tender bs is all business… deep inside, they hope he will bounce back to his previous form, and Yankees will most definitely gamble on that. Beside, Wang wants to pitch in New York. He is loyal, this is where it all starts for him and he wouldn’t want to pitch anywhere else but here.

  11. Mook - Dec 20, 2009 at 11:43 PM

    Yankees will very likely keep Wang in the end. The prospect of him being successful is like 50/50, and Cashman may well take that odds. Remembered, he has had previous shoulder surgery during the minor years and he rebounded well from such surgery. He is a home-grown Yankee, Cashman wouldn’t let him go just like that. He is a proven winner, chances that the organization will keep him one more year to see where he is. The non-tender bs is all business… deep inside, they hope he will bounce back to his previous form, and Yankees will most definitely gamble on that. Beside, Wang wants to pitch in New York. He is loyal, this is where it all starts for him and he wouldn’t want to pitch anywhere else but here.

  12. bball - Dec 21, 2009 at 3:39 AM

    When many other Yankee players were in a similar situation like Wang (before he was non-tendered, i.e.), we had heard many teammates such as Jeter/Jaba voicing strong support for having them back. For Wang, the supports from his former teammates have been NULL. It’s clear to me that he should not go back to Yankee just for that, no matter how attractive/reasonable the contract will be. One wants to join/play for a team with strong teammate support.

  13. you're a..... - Dec 21, 2009 at 3:56 PM

    Dumbass…..
    Without throwing an insane amount of money at him, the Yankees can’t control anywhere Wang decides to go….

  14. lmao - Dec 21, 2009 at 4:00 PM

    NY loves Wang?
    That statement right there will put a smile on my face for the rest of the week.
    To say nothing of the fact that the poster called him/herself ‘Wang Fan’.
    Can’t get any better than that.

  15. TigerS Boy ToY - Dec 21, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Who in their right mind would choose Boston over NY YANKEES, I MEAN REALLY ARE YOU CRAzY. It never works out when you leave NY for Boston, googgle it or ask Babe Ruth, he will tell you don’t go.

  16. TigerS Boy ToY - Dec 21, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    yeah, Damon, Nixon, Manny, Orlando,Pedro,Lowe,Foulke,etc
    ALL AGREE THEO/ BOSTON REALLY TREATED THEM WITH SO MUCH CLASS.

  17. Ugly Yank - Dec 22, 2009 at 5:23 AM

    I believe Yankees will not win the final.
    As Wang’s fan, hope he can choose “Mets” or “Dogers” or “Red Socks”…. God bless Wang !!
    Merry X’mas~~

  18. BARBARA NIXON HARRIS - Jan 4, 2010 at 9:33 PM

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  19. Sarah Nixon Phillips - Jan 4, 2010 at 9:45 PM

    Much appreciate for this post. I am going to buy my cousin the Nixon 51-30 Chrono! I hope he loves it.

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