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.

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13 thoughts on “The Wang Situation

  1. Chein-Ming Wang doesn’t have the pressure now to be the ace now!!! He should be comfortable and pitch well and get in better condition and not relied on one pitch the sinker and refined his changeup and slider! An incentive based contract is a right way to go and perform and be motivated and focus to pitch well!

    • You bring up a good point. Going into 2009 everybody was saying how the pressure will be off Wang, and it probably would have, but we all know how that turned out. Hopefully this year, he can stay healthy once he returns and truly experience what it is like not to be expected to be an ace.

  2. Since Wang will not be ready at the start of the season the Yankees should acquire John Lackey and then hope to add a healthy Wang to give an extra boost to the team mid season.

      • Definitely sign him. You don’t want to see a situation like what happened with Nolan Ryan and the Mets. He didn’t pitch well in NY then went on to a HOF career.

  3. I want the Yankees to decline the arbitration and hope Wang sign for the incentive laden contract that kicks with certain amount of innings and wins things like that in the middle of the year Chris! You never have too much pitching especially starting pitching!

  4. I say Wang has earned another chance. He has been a solid pitcher for us an unfortunately had to battle some injuries last year. Let’s not forget that 2 years in a row he had 19 wins, one of those seasons he led the league in wins. I say ease him back in and see if he still has anything left now that he doesn’t feel the pressure to go out and win every game.

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