Yankees take a look at Wang

George King of the New York Post wrote earlier today that the Yankees have taken a look at former ace Chien-Ming Wang.

TAMPA — Free-agent right-hander Chien-Ming Wang threw off a mound at Billy Connors’ Tampa area home recently and impressed the spring training pitching instructor.

According to Connors, Wang, who will pitch for Taiwan in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, is looking for a major league contract.

GM Brian Cashman said he hasn’t had contact with Wang’s representatives. However, the club will have scouts watching Wang during the WBC, despite having six candidates for five starting spots.

Wang, whose Yankees career ended in 2009 after a shoulder problem, pitched for the Nationals last season and was 2-3 with a 6.68 ERA. In seven big-league seasons, the 32-year-old right-hander is 61-32. As a Yankee, he was 55-26. In 2006 and 2007, Wang went a combined 38-13.

I always had a soft spot for Wang and I enjoyed his time with the Yankees but I’m not sure the team, which has more than enough pitchers, especially if Michael Pineda returns mid-season, have room for him.

Hmm, can they turn him into a catcher? Or maybe a right-handed hitting outfielder?

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

11 thoughts on “Yankees take a look at Wang

  1. mcearlgrey

    I hope he never officially retires so I can read things like "I always had a soft spot for Wang" for the rest of my life.

    • NoMaas

      I was just thinking how much i missed all the Wang headlines.

      "Orioles pound Yanks Wang"

  2. Bill

    That's a line for the ages. But the reality is that you never have too many arms and if Wang can regain his form from prior to the foot injury, he could very well be a low cost option in 2014. Kuroda and Pettitte in all likelihood won't be here, which drops about $25 million from the pitchers' payroll. If Mo and Hughes depart, that's another $15-20 million. Wang would come cheap and might be able to be a 4 or a 5. But that's a long way off and there are several kids that will have to fail miserably in order for this to occur.

    • not Montero's dad

      "Several kids will have to fail miserably" (whether due to performance or injury) is entirely possible. Witness Banuelos, Betances, Brackman, Pineda, Mitchell, Warren–all in the past few years.

      Other recent has-beens like Colon and Garcia have been useful, if not spectacular in the same period. If Wang can show something, he might be worth a contract.

    • Seriously Stacey, you win the headline writing award of the day.

  3. David

    All I can think of when I see "Yankees take a look at Wang" is that this is a part of a new extended drug testing policy… >.>

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  4. Chad

    Yeah, but they only did it because it was Valentine's Day.

  5. HIM

    Keep up the good work Stacey…HIM

    • srosegots

      Thanks so much!

  6. uyf1950

    Something to keep in mind if the Yankees can sign him to a minor league deal maybe they can work out some sort of deal like they signed Aardsma for. If Wang can stay healthy and that's a very big IF the Yankees are going to need pitching help come the 2014 season. He might be a viable option for the Yankees then on the cheap, they may just have to give him the benefit of the doubt for the 2013 season and just hide him somewhere. Just a thought.

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