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?