Interesting tidbit via MLBTR. Apparently, the Phillies have scouted Chien-Ming Wang in the hopes that the Yankees may make him available. Here’s what Jim Salisbury over at the Philidelphia Inquirer had to say about the Phillies’ search for a starting pitcher.
They want pitching. Starter or reliever? “Doesn’t matter. They’re looking for anything they can get,” a rival scout said. The Phils will get one. GM Ruben Amaro Jr. spent so much time talking to teams last week that it looks as if he has a BlackBerry growing out of his ear. The Phils have been all over Boston’s Brad Penny – “I’ve seen Penny three times, and every time the Phillies have had someone there,” a scout said – but the Red Sox might hold on to him in the wake of Daisuke Matsuzaka’s trip to the DL and John Smoltz’s shaky outing Thursday. They’ve kept tabs on Jarrod Washburn and Jason Marquis, but will resurgent Colorado want to deal Marquis? The Phils have even scouted Chien-Ming Wang, in case the Yankees make him available.
Obviously, Wang is mentioned as a big “what-if,” here, as Penny, Washburn and Marquis seem like more realistic targets. In fact, one would think that the Phillies were probably wasting their time scouting Wang. Salisbury mentions that the Red Sox want to keep Penny around because of Dice-K and Smoltz, well, I can almost guarantee that the Yankees want Wang around because (1) he can be a dominant starter, (2) Joba and A.J. are not the most reliable arms around, health-wise, (3) Andy Pettitte isn’t getting any younger and, (4) last but not least, when you’re always in contention, you can use all the arms you can get (cheap arms like Wang are a plus). So, the Yankees have similar reasons to keep a guy like Wang on their side, even if he has struggled and even if Phil Hughes is around. Also, as I noted yesterday, Wang is expected to remain in the rotation
for the foreseeable future, especially after earning his first win of the season against the Mets.
While this is an interesting tidbit, that’s all it really appears to be—an interesting side story and nothing more (don’t expect any new developments here).
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