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On Twitter last night, Ken Davidoff reported that Chien-Ming Wang is “as good as non-tendered” at this point, as the Yankees do not see him as a contributor next year. Although my first reaction is to be upset that the Yankees are jettisoning a player who was such an integral piece on a number of Yankee clubs, the fact is that the Yankees are as familiar with Wang’s medicals as anybody. They clearly feel that his shoulder issues make him too big a risk to sink 4-5 million dollars into.
If Wang is in fact soon to be a former Yankee, this would be a good time to relfect upon his career with the Yankees. Here are the relevant numbers:
|162 Game Avg.||18||8||4.16||33||214||107||1.339||9.4||0.6||2.6||4.2||1.57|
When Wang had that power sinker going, hitters could not help but roll the ball softly to an infielder and trudge back to the dugout. As Wang developed, his GB rate decreased, but it was due to his added use of the slider to increase his K-rate. He was working on becoming a more complete pitcher when a fluke baserunning injury effectively ended his Yankee career.
Wang was never really an ace in the truest sense of the term, but he was the best starter on a number of Yankee clubs and would have made an excellent #2 on a winning team. While his last postseason in NY was awful, CC Sabathia and Alex Rodriguez taught us in 2009 that failure in a small sample does not mean a player cannot succeed in the big spot. Chien-Ming Wang was a big part of the 2005-2008 Yankees, and I will be sorry to see him go.
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