If you would have asked me 800 days ago, what were the two things least likely to happen in the near future, I probably would have suggested that Tiger Woods would be caught having a ménage à trois with Jesus and Scooby Doo and that the Yankees would release Worm Killer Wang. But, we now have this on the latter:
Taiwanese pitcher Chien-ming Wang has become a free agent after the New York Yankees declined to offer him a 2010 contract.
“There’s no doubt that we had to make a tough decision,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said in a statement on Saturday.
“We are still hopeful that our relationship can continue but those decisions are yet to be made.”
Wang, a two-time 19-game winner who has struggled in recent years with injuries, will now pursue a contract with all 30 Major League Baseball clubs, his agent told MLB’s official website.
Under baseball labor rules, the Yankees would have had to pay the 29-year-old at least $4 million to keep him under contract.
New York could still sign the right-hander to a lesser, incentive-based deal, agent Alan Nero said Wang would take all other options into consideration.
“I think it’s difficult to rationalize a non-tender as further building a bridge with a team, but we’ll see,” Nero said.
Hey, if you see the Shroud of Turin and a set of golf clubs outside the Mystery Machine, and it’s a rockin’, then don’t come a knockin’…because anything is possible…
Or, as former Cardinal Joaquin Andujar said in 1984: “There is one word in America that says it all, and that one word is, ‘You never know.’ “