The Wang Situation

The deadline to offer arbitration to eligible players is December 12th. The Yankees have 5 important eligible players, and all of them see likely to be offered arbitration, except for maybe one of them. The five players I am talking about are Melky Cabrera, Sergio Mitre, Brian Bruney, Chad Gaudin, and Chien-Ming Wang. Obviously, Wang is the big question here. As you know, Wang is coming off an awful season scarred by a shoulder injury. Wang underwent surgery on his shoulder back in July, and he is not expected to be ready to pitch until mid-season 2010, at the earliest. This is not Wang’s first shoulder injury, if you remember he has had two shoulder injuries before this most recent one.

So the first question is, “Do you offer Chien-Ming Wang arbitration?” The general opinion among the NY Media is that the Yankees will not offer him arbitration. I don’t know hoe much to put into that opinion, you can take it however you wish. But for the sake of argument, let’s say the Yankees don’t offer Wang arbitration, and he becomes a free agent. Do they try to sign to an incentive based contract with a low base salary, or do they just let him go. If they let him go there will definitely be other teams interested, and the Los Angeles Dogders may be one of them. According to MLBTR, Chien-Ming Wang told Taiwanese reporters that he wishes to stay with the Yankees, but when asked about the Dodgers he said he would be open to the idea. That really doesn’t mean much because a)Wang would probably be open to all 30 teams and b)Who knows if the Dodgers are even interested in Wang?

My opinion is that the Yankees can not let Wang go. The best route would probably be to decline arbitration, and then try to sign him to an incentive based contract in which he could earn much more than he would via arbitration, but only if he meets the requirements of the incentives. This way if Wang doesn’t pitch well in 2010, the Yankees wouldn’t have spent too much money on him, but if he does pitch well, he would earn a nice paycheck that the Yankees would gladly pay him for his performance. This way it works out both ways for the Yankees, and there is still something in it for Wang. I just think Chien-Ming Wang is too valuable to let get away, let’s remember when he is right, he is a number one starter and he’d only have to be a number three with CC and Burnett. What’s your opinion on this?

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Remember, this a not a topic about the rest of the rotation, and not a discussion on Chamberlain or Hughes. Also take into account Wang will not be ready at the start of the season.

Awards and Notes

Awards

  • Congratulations to Zack Greinke for winning the AL Cy Young Award. In case you are wondering CC finished 4th in the voting.
  • Congratulations to New York (Staten Island, to be precise) native, Andrew Bailey, for winning the AL Rookie of the Year award.
  • Congratulations to Chris Coghlan for winning the NL ROY.

Notes

  • The Yankees declined Sergio Mitre’s 2010 $1.25 million option, but he is still eligible for arbitration with the Yankees.
  • Recently there have been a lot of rumors linking the Yankees with Curtis Granderson of the Tigers. Personally, I think he would be a good fit, but only for a good price, which probably won’t happen. River Avenue Blues has a good read about the subject. What do you guys think?

Teixeira and Jeter take home gold gloves

After winning the World Championship just last week, Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter won the 2009 Gold Glove award for their respective positions. This is Jeter’s 4th time winning the award, and Teixeira’s 3rd time. We all know that Derek Jeter is often criticized for his defense, but he did improve this year. I’m not sure he completely earned the award, but there really wasn’t any other shortstop who you could argue was a much better fielder than Jeter. So, I believe Jeter was worthy of this award. I also believe Teixeira was definitely worthy of the award, but there were other first baseman who may have been better than Teix. In the end, these days gold gloves don’t mean much, but it is still nice to see a pair of Yankees win the award since the Yankees are always criticized for their defense.

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Yankees journey down the Canyon of Heroes

Hideki was on the frist float...

Hideki leads the way as the Yankees head into the Canyon of Heroes

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I would not be opposed to re-signing Matsui, especially after what he did in the World Series.

I like A-Rod's hat

I like A-Rod's hat

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The Jeter float

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The Pettitte family

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Damon and Swisher shared a float

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Yogi Berra was also part of the parade

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Fittingly, Mariano is on the last float to "close" things out

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The Yankees head on over to City Hall (which is all decked out in Yankee style) to receive the keys to the city

A.J. plays with A-Rod's hat

A.J. messes with A-Rod and his hat

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Hideki Matsui receives his key to New York City

All pictures are found from either the New York Daily News or the New York Post

Will it happen tonight?

The Yankees are back in New York after dropping game 5 in Philidelphia to play game 6. Old Andy Pettitte will be going for the Yankees, and who else but Pedro Martinez will be going for the Phillies. Will the World Series end tonight? We”ll have to wait and see…

One more to go…

With last night’s nail biting victory, the Yankees lead the World Series 3 games to 1. They only need to win 1 out of the next 3 games to be World Champions. Will it happen tonight with A.J. Burnett going on 3 days rest? There’s only 27 outs standing between World Championship and the Yankees.

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Alex Rodriguez was the hero last night, who will be the hero tonight?

Melky Cabrera update : Last night Melky strained his hamstring, and according to Mark Feinsand, Ramiro Pena has replaced Melky on the playoff roster. It’s too bad the Yankees won’t have Melky to play center for the rest of the World Series, but they do have Brett Gardner and Jerry Hairston Jr. I can’t help but feel bad for Melky though…