Today’s news isn’t a gigantic surprise. It’s been speculated on since midway through the 2009 season, and given the Yankees newfound attempt at fiscal responsibility, $5 million + medical expenses for an on the mend version of the worst pitcher of 2009 probably seemed pricey. And so, just like that, the Yankees most consistent pitcher from 2006-2008 is a free agent.
It’s stories like this that show how inequitable the relationship between owners and players is. Wang was amongst the better pitchers in baseball for several years running–at one point winning 19 wins in consecutive years, and ending up with a major league FIP of 3.99 (even including his 5.38 in 2009!) while spending that entire career in the AL East. In that time, he’s reeled in something like $8 million dollars (plus advertising revenues from back in Taiwan, where he is roughly on par with Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods Phil Mickelson).
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