Yankees pitcher Chien-Ming Wang, a non-tender candidate, told Taiwanese reporters Thursday that his first choice was to remain with New York. But if the Yankees cut him loose, Wang said he would not be opposed to going to the Dodgers.
“Not bad,” Wang said of the scenario presented by reporters that would have him going to Los Angeles. The two-time 19-game winner indicated that he would feel comfortable playing for a manager in Joe Torre who knows him well. Wang also went to middle school with Dodgers reliever Hong-Chih Kuo, and the two remain friends.
The Taiwanese media had been waiting to ask Wang about the Dodgers after the team’s coaching staff was quoted on the right-hander.
Dodgers third base coach Larry Bowa, also a former Yankees coach, reportedly said if he were asked about possibility of Wang coming to L.A., he would definitely support signing him.
Most of Wang’s success came from pitching in the old Yankee Stadium. It probably makes sense for him to find a ballpark like that, in terms of having high grass and a somewhat neutral homer factor, if he is to come back from his injury. And, of course, there’s the Torre comfort factor for him in Los Angeles…
…that all said, I could see this type of move happening quickly if the Yankees cut Wang loose.