Some recent reports on the Former-Worm-Killer Wang. First, via TSN -
The Boston Globe reports Yankees right-hander Chien-Ming Wang received a very positive report Monday from orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on his surgically repaired pitching shoulder.
Wang, 29, underwent arthroscopic surgery in June, ending what had been a miserable season on the mound. He was 1-6 with a 9.64 ERA in 12 games (nine starts). His physical troubles began in 2008 when he injured his foot running the bases in an interleague game at Houston. He was a 19-game winner in 2006 and 2007.
Next via Ken Davidoff -
Alan Nero, the agent for the Yankees’ Chien-Ming Wang, stopped by; he works in Chicago. Nero said that Wang saw James Andrews on Monday, and that the right-hander intends to start throwing on Dec. 1 and could be ready for major-league action by April 15. That seems quite optimistic; in any case, the Yankees must decide by Dec. 12 whether to tender Wang a contract, and right now, you’d have to be on “No.”
If the Yankees give Wang a contract for 2010, we’re talking about something in the range of four to five million bucks (for the season). Unless, as Joel Sherman reports:
But there is belief in the industry that Wang makes a lot of money back in Taiwan due to his association with the Yankees. Therefore, Wang would probably be more amenable to signing a contract with the Yanks for a low base, say about $1 million, with incentives than any other team.
Then again, for Chien-Ming to be successful, he’s going to have to be able to consistently throw 94 MPH. Can he do that given what his shoulder has been through this season and in years passed? And, in his big league career, overall, Wang has only been very effective pitching in the “old” Yankee Stadium (which is now gone).
This one is going to be a tough call for the Yankees. Remember Scott Erickson and Matt Morris? Sometimes these right-handed guys with power sinkers just fall off a cliff when they reach 30-years old (or thereabouts). If New York can work out something for close to a million with incentives, it’s worth rolling the dice. But, if it’s going to cost closer to five million…well…maybe it’s better to take that money and try and get an innings-eater like Jason Marquis (who is also a local guy) or Jon Garland to take a one-year deal to pitch in the back end of a rotation for a team like the Yankees where they can cruise to a 15-win season and maybe a shot at a bigger pay-day in 2011?