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Yankees agree to terms with Chien-Ming Wang

Mar 22, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

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The news comes via Jon Heyman on Twitter.

Wang drew interest after a strong showing in the World Baseball Classic with Chinese Taipei. The right-hander did not allow a run in 12 innings of work, surrendering ten hits and just one walk.

Wang spent the last two seasons with the Washington Nationals without much success, posting an aggregate 4.94 ERA in 94.2 innings. He missed time last year due to a left thigh strain and a right hip strain. Prior to that, he missed the latter half of the 2009 season, all of 2010, and the first half of the 2011 season due to right shoulder surgery.

Heyman suggests the signing gives the Yankees flexibility to make a trade:

  1. randygnyc - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Has been hitting low to mid 90’s.

  2. kmg1016 - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Heyman now Tweets from the future… Very impressive!

  3. turdfurgerson68 - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    I don’t understand, why the Yankees let him go in the first place?

    I know about his injury, but they could have signed him to a lower money deal until he healed?

    And don’t say it would have been wasted $$$; didn’t they (over)pay Kei Igawa to be the richest minor leaguer of all time???

    • dondada10 - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:45 PM

      If memory serves me, the Nationals were pretty bullish about signing an injured Wang. They outspent the Yanks in a deal that didn’t exactly pan out.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:47 PM

        no one outspends the Yankees if the Yankees want someone…

      • dondada10 - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:57 PM

        You’re question was why the Yankees didn’t sign Wang to a “lower money deal.” The answer is that the Nationals offered Wang a good amount of guaranteed, dwarfing any “lower money” pact.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:16 PM

        sure, my reply is that the yankees could have easily dwarfed anything the nationals were offering.

        They chose to give a kings ransom to Igawa..look how that turned out.

        They would have been better off giving more $ to Wang instead. He sure could have helped last season.

      • dondada10 - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:23 PM

        Option C: The Yanks would’ve been better off not giving the money to either Igawa or Wang.

        And honestly, I don’t see how (besides being Asian) the two pitchers are connected to each other.

        The Yankees signed Igawa in 2007. Wang was a free-agent after 2009.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:46 PM

        Option D: Sign Wang to an extension after his excellent 2006-07 seasons and pass on overpaying for the all-hype Kei Igawa.

        How many wins did Igawa have for the Yankees again? Two?

        Only $23 million per win, ha ha.

        $$$ much better spent on a k extension for Wang…but then again Cashman isn’t the most creative GM.

      • dondada10 - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:04 PM

        Weren’t the Yankees better off for not having offered Wang a lucrative extension considering his shoulder fell apart?

        And I’m confused as to what Igawa had to do with Wang if “no one outspends the Yankees if the Yankees want someone.”

  4. turdfurgerson68 - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    And it’s funny how Phil Hughes name is surfacing as potential trade bait.

    Only a few short years ago the Yankees (who waaay overvalue their players) arrogantly thought that Joba was going to become the next great pitcher (and don’t say he would have been sans injury), or that Huges was too valuable to trade foe Johan Santana?

    Turns out that the guy they DID trade, Ian Kennedy turned out to be the best of the three, by far.

    Joba Rules = hahahahahaha…what bs!

    • djpostl - Mar 23, 2013 at 12:13 AM

      Kennedy had one very solid year in the shittiest offensive division in baseball. Sandwhiched around that were two season of 4ish ERA. Or…exactly what Joba’s ERA as a starter in the much tougher AL East.

      Nice try skippy.

      • unclemosesgreen - Mar 23, 2013 at 7:33 AM

        You can’t just make up numbers and call someone skippy. You are the inner moron of a complete idiot, go sand-which yourself away to another sandbox.

        Joba had 43 mostly pathetic starts with a WHIP around 1.50. Kennedy has had 98 starts, around a 1.22 WHIP.

        Ian Kennedy would be the Yanks’ #2 starter right now. Joba is … what Joba is right now. A fat disgruntled over-compensated overly entitled entitled low leverage reliever.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 23, 2013 at 7:46 AM

        He might be around longer, but Ian Kennedy is not a better pitcher than Pettitte or Kuroda right now.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 23, 2013 at 7:48 AM

        Also WHIP is a dogshit way to evaluate relievers. Calling Joba’s starting career “mostly shitty” is way off base.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 23, 2013 at 8:53 AM

        Sorry, all pitchers, not just relievers.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:34 AM

        Uh, you need to look at a few advanced stats to see how Kennedy is a much more valuable pitcher than the waaay over hyped Joba (Hediki 2.0)

        Just looking at a pitcher’s ERA doesn’t cut it anymore.

        Nice fail…Skippy

      • cackalackyank - Mar 23, 2013 at 9:19 PM

        Can’t we all just get along?

      • djpostl - Mar 24, 2013 at 3:20 PM

        Lol. Rodney? Is that you?

    • muscles1331 - Mar 23, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      Hughes never lived up to his billing and Joba never should have left the pen. Kennedy has had the best career of the three but he would never have been able to cut it in NY. He had an unbelievably bad attitude and couldn’t handle the pressure. By the end of their careers, Kennedy will have the better numbers of the three but I will always view him as one of those pitchers who simply couldn’t hack it in NYC.

      • muscles1331 - Mar 23, 2013 at 3:51 PM

        Here is an article to back up what I mean when I referenced his bad attitude:

  5. uyf1950 - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Good to see Wang back in pinstripes after such a long absence. Not sure how much he has left in the tank but it certainly is a very low risk high reward signing. We’ll see.

    • jayquintana - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:19 PM

      Exactly what I was going to say.

  6. uyf1950 - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Please I hope no one here ever quotes me on this. But here I go. This is one of those very rare occasions that I agree with Heyman about the Yankees might now have something to say about a possible trade. There was talk earlier about the Rangers scouting Joba. Well who knows now the Yankees might be able to add a piece that might entice a Rangers trade. We’ll have to wait and see.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:46 PM

      I promise not to quote you as long as you do not dump on me if I write “”Wang pulled”.

      • Glenn - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:16 PM

        I used to cringe when Torre took out his Wang in front of 50,000 people.

      • indaburg - Mar 23, 2013 at 8:14 AM

        You already have Dickey v. Wang circled on your calendar, don’t you, PC?

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:28 AM

        Won’t happen. Dickey will be facing top or the rotation type pitchers.

      • indaburg - Mar 23, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        True, but the way the Yankees are falling, Wang may be one of their top pitchers before long. They’re doomed, I tells ya… doomed.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:33 AM

        You know that rotation slots stop lining up after the first week or so, right?

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:41 AM

        Wang will probably be pulled from the rotation before the Yankees face the Jays a second time.

  7. proudlycanadian - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Hughes has a bad back while both Phelps and Nova have been underwhelming in their most recent starts, so this signing does not surprise.

    • dondada10 - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:15 PM

      Don’t tell Yankees fans that. I’m loving the Nova for Carlos Gonzalez rumors on Twitter.

  8. jessethegreat - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    In defense of Joba… The Yanks jerked him around a lot and didn’t allow him to settle into a stable role until recently. He also has not had the overall level of health Kennedy has played with.

    You also cannot discredit the pressure of having to perform in NY and for the head hunting NY media vs the anonymity of pitching in the desert.

    I do not want to see Nova get traded. You don’t come across many young inexpensive, established (I will concede that some of his statistics have been misleading) pitchers that are up to the task of pitching in NY.

  9. ningenito78 - Mar 23, 2013 at 3:40 AM

    @turdfurgeson- they didn’t sign him because he was hurt enough to miss almost 2 years. And they did just fine without him winning a World Series and a couple other 90+ win seasons. That’s why.

  10. cackalackyank - Mar 23, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    I am glad to see Wang get another chance with the NYY. I am not convinced yet that they really need him. This post does not give much in the way of details. Is this definitely a guaranteed Major League Deal? If it is a ML deal it seems to me either there really is a trade brewing for some (please god) offense, or the situatiion with Hughes, Nova, Phelps, and maybe even Pineda is a bit more murky then discussed, and maybe involves more than just merely “undewhelming” performances. If he can get back to anything close to what he was before the Lis Franc injury, and stay healthy, this is a definite plus. I wonder though if the trade options will be diminished at all by Garland being released though.

  11. yournuts - Mar 23, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    You can never have to much pitching. Welcome back Wang.

  12. drew1969 - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    “Hey wang,what are doing,this is the parking lot!”

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