It’s official: Chien-Ming Wang non-tendered


Via Mark Feinsand, the Yankees have decided to not tender a contract to Chien-Ming Wang. Sergio Mitre, Melky Cabrera, and Chad Gaudin were all offered deals. “There’s no doubt that we had to make a tough decision,” said GM Brian Cashman. “We are still hopeful that our relationship can continue, but those decisions are yet to be made.” Hopefully something can be worked to out to bring the sinkerballer back for depth, but I’m not going to hold my breath.

Good luck, Wanger.

Update: Since this is probably your last chance, make sure you bring your best CMW double entendres in the comments.

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  1. Salty Buggah says:

    So, the Viagra has runs its course.

    /easy Wang jokes’d

  2. Salty Buggah says:

    Joking aside, I also hope the Yanks can work something out with him.

  3. boychick says:

    hope he does well wherever he ends up.

  4. Also, I approve of the Viagra ad running with this post right now.


  5. Mike Pop says:

    I would attempt to bring him back, but not go overboard.

    I think he’s as good as gone though. Latch on to some NL team and try to get some value back.

  6. Salty Buggah says:

    While I’ll miss him, this was necessary. They HAD to non-tender him, he just had trouble keeping it down…

  7. Tseng says:

    I like and respect him too much to make fun of him for his name.

    • whozat says:

      We’re not making fun of him for his name. We’re making jokes because his last name is a double entendre in American slang…it’s really got nothing to do with our feelings about the guy as player or person.

    • V says:


      Some people really need a can of lighten the f*** up.

      • Tseng says:

        Haha, I know exactly what it means. I’m an American. I’m sorry that not being willing to make fun of one of my favorite players, even in jest, is me being tightass. I find some of these amusing, I just don’t want to do it myself.

        My grandfather’s name is also a double-entendre. Am I tightass for not making fun of him? I’m showing some respect for someone I like, you lighten up yourself.

      • JMK THE OVERSHARE's Milton Bradley Fat Park Factor says:

        I like and respect that poster too much to make fun of him for his ridiculous, nonsensical internet/sports pseudo-white knighting.

        Shame on you, V. Shame on you.

  8. Mike Pop says:

    Watching Wang mature as a pitcher was fun. In a way, he was our Wang. We watched him struggle in his first couple times, but as he gained more experience, Wang became more effective – thus pleasing us.

    That’s our Wang that’s leaving us. It’s a shame.

    /tried too hard


  9. Mike Axisa says:

    They Yanks weren’t sure what their Wang was prepared to do, so they had to pull out.

  10. Whizzo the Wize says:

    Whizzo cannot predict the future.

    But whatever it is, Whizzo hopes Wang has a big one.

  11. themgmt says:

    He’ll be back.

  12. Hey ZZ says:

    How much is Mitre going to get in arbitration?

  13. Hung Low says:

    I loved watching Wang,especially at home. Maybe thats why my wife left me.

  14. Hey ZZ says:

    If only Marey Carey was around…

  15. Lance says:

    I’ll miss those headlines “Yanks Wang, long balls, down Angels”

  16. Salty Buggah says:

    You have to hate when young pitchers lose effectiveness because of injury.

    Everything just came prematurely for Wang.

  17. Matty Ice says:

    I think the Yanks are going to miss a little Wang in their lives….

  18. Salty Buggah says:

    You know, I really don’t have no clue whatsoever what will happen to Wang because I haven’t grasped the Wang situation yet. Once I get a better grip on it, I hope I will stop blanking out.

    /OK, I think I’m done with the Wang jokes now.

  19. seth kaufman says:

    If they can sign wang to a 1 year, 1.5-2mill dollar deal that includes incentives (base 1 mill) then its totally worth it. Downside is, he stays injured or comes back and gets reinjured, or just sucks. Upside is, he comes back mid april to may and pitches “wang”. and we have a sick rotation.

  20. Short Porch says:

    I hope Wang gets straightened out, but he faces some stiff competition. I’d rather have a Randy Johnson.

    Chien-Ming is Chinese for ‘sinking balls’

  21. Guess Wang just had too much trouble keeping it down.

  22. Alex K. says:

    No pitcher will be able to fill our #2 hole quite like Wang did.

  23. A. Phil says:

    Looking for an ace from the far acest? Insert Wang here!

  24. Hughesus Christo says:

    Kelly Johnson and Scott Olsen. Get these men to Scranton.

    Scott Olsen is like Sergio Mitre, but with talent.

  25. I’m not sure if anyone realizes this or not, but Wang is a euphemism for dick. It’s pretty funny when you think about it.

  26. Tiffany says:

    We shouldn’t be talking about my Wang like this–it’s a very sensitive subject.

  27. Jobamania says:

    i still dont see why we would tender mitre, waste of a million

    in other news, matt capps was non tendered, should the yankees go after him? he still throws hard

  28. leche: it does the yankees good says:

    the yanks got tired of wang which is why they traded ian kennedy…there wont be anyone jerking him off on the mound during rain delays anymore.

    / courtesy of david cone

  29. Hughesus Christo says:

    Giants non-tendered Garko? Sabean is out of his effing mind.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Garko sucks. He’s a part time player on a real team, and has negative defensive value.

      • Hughesus Christo says:

        “Sucks” is QUITE strong for 280/350/440 and entering your prime. It becomes even stronger when you realize that they will most likely replace him in an inadequate or economically asinine way. That’s how Sabean rolls.

        • JMK THE OVERSHARE's Milton Bradley Fat Park Factor says:

          I’m going to have to sort of agree. He definitely has value. His line is pretty good, though I’d prefer better slugging numbers and better discipline (high Ks, low walks, slug % at .421 this year and .404 last year. I don’t think he’s really good enough to be an everyday player but because he doesn’t field well, he’s not really a good bench guy. He may be good enough for a bad team, but not good enough for a good team, and his value doesn’t help them as much.

          Again, his bat does have some value, but probably not what his salary would justify. With even a decent line and decent fielding for league minimum, the Giants would easily get as much, if not more value. Ultimately, he just wasn’t worth it.

          But he’s not exactly Angel Ransom, either.

        • whozat says:

          a .790 OPS is unacceptable for a first baseman. Sucks isn’t really too strong. It was dumb for the Giants to trade for him and, if they make an even DUMBER acquisition, yes…it’ll be even worse that they got him and then cut him. But, maybe they’ll manage to do an abreu-style thing. Maybe. THere’s hope, at least :-)

          • JMK THE OVERSHARE's Milton Bradley Fat Park Factor says:

            I should have been more succinct. Whozat is right on target. Those numbers are terrible for a 1B. If he could magically play defense at some other position, you could deal. If he’s a PH, yeah, not bad at all. There’s some value in the bat; but not at 1B, especially at any salary in the seven figures. Guys that can’t play ANY defense and put up a line of .275/.340/.420/.800 are a dime a dozen.

            But on the total suckage scale, he’s not that bad. I reserve real suckage for Varitek, Ransom, Berroa, 2009 Wang, Adam Dunn’s defense, etc. You get the picture.

      • Jobamania says:

        mets starting 1st baseman
        bank on it

  30. Hey ZZ says:

    Chien Ming Wang walks into a bar:

    Bartender: Hey, are you that guy that plays for the Yankees?
    Wang: No.


  31. Hey ZZ says:

    Ok last one,

    The Yankees budget was just too tight for Wang to fit.

  32. Jobamania says:

    jose arredondo got non tendered

    undergoing tommy john though

    • Evil Empire says:

      Oh wow. They still had a good amount of control over that kid, right? I wonder if any team snags him up right now, or if he’s on his own until he’s recovered enough to throw in front of scouts.

      Sucks for him right now but some team could end up getting a major bullpen piece in a year or so if his surgery works out.

      • JMK THE OVERSHARE's Milton Bradley Fat Park Factor says:

        Elbow injury history, also considered a “quitter.” Bonus: the first batter he faced in the big leagues was Nick Swisher. The result? You guessed it—HOME RUN!!!

        • Evil Empire says:

          Good trivia right there.

          Yeah he has a history of elbow injury but you hope that is fixed – at least for a few years – by the TJS. The kid has some serious upside. He’ll make some more money in baseball before all is said and done. Maybe he flames out but the potential to be a shut down reliever is still, in theory, there. At least for now.

  33. Evil Empire says:

    That Wang was always soft, anyway.

  34. Ivan says:

    Well I guess wang will swing somewhere else.

    Jokes aside, Wang was very good as a yankee, hopefully he can be retain by the yanks but I doubt. Good luck to him if he does go on another team.

  35. jkiv says:

    Hopefully he has many outings next year in which he extends himself and keeps his balls low.

  36. Drew says:

    First Wang was up and I was happy. Now Wang is down and I’m sad…

  37. RKelly39 says:

    For me, this is too sad for jokes. One of my fav yanks of the decade. bring him back

  38. Mo Wang says:

    Man…I guess Joe Girardi will no longer be able to yank Wang in the 3rd.

  39. dkidd says:

    david cone…wang…jerking motion…tender…balls…2 hole…

    /it’s late

  40. Joe D. says:

    When Wang was called up, I was thrilled.

    Wang kept coming at the opposition, and it was a beautiful thing to watch.

    Losing a couple games in a row was no big deal, because we could stop the bleeding by throwing our Wang in their faces. Our Wang was never the hardest, but was far from soft, and was always solid.

    A few years later, and suddenly the Yankees couldn’t keep Wang’s balls down in the zone. Wang was up constantly, and thus, Wang got beaten…hard.

    Suddenly, other teams were jerking Wang out of the park. Yanking Wang’s balls hard against the outfield wall. Smacking Wang around until Girardi would come in and mercifully pull Wang out.

    Wang was obviously broken.

    In a dramatic turnaround, Wang was doing the sucking. Like a bad Yakoff Smirnoff joke. (In Soviet Russia, Wang sucks YOU!)

    A damn shame, really. Of all the members the Yankees have lost the last few years, I’ll miss Wang most.

    As I mentioned earlier in this thread, I’d like to see the Yanks go after Kelly Johnson. Johnson can fill multiple holes for the Yankees. In my Yankee-themed dreams, I see Johnson at the dish, spraying streams of milk all over the field.

    Let’s make this happen.


  41. ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

    He wasn’t as bad as his stats indicate. Wang often got squeezed by the home-plate umpire.

  42. JeffG says:

    In the case of CMW, for a change, I think the Yanks should look to sign a team friendly contract. Market forces will determine what the contract will look like, and perhaps where Wong feels his best chance to stick in a rotation will play a factor… but if things were equal and Wong’s marketing hindges on being a Yankee you’d think our lesser offer would equal the greater change for both ends to be successful. I’d surely like to see us roll the dice with a small incentive based contract.

  43. Richard Deegan says:

    Yanks acted with real class on this move. They sent Yogi personally to be the Berra of bad tidings.
    When his sinker’s working, no one can beat Wang, but if some dumb NL West team brings him back too soon, you’ll see Wang getting licked, and hard.

  44. Saddest part of this is John Sterling will never be able to use this call-



  45. Everybody have fun tonight! Everybody Wang’s done tonight!

  46. cheddar says:

    He was a man’s man. Loaded with majismo.

  47. Ed says:

    I’m sure that the Yankees were worried about holding on to their Wang too long. This way they can let this hard issue subside and can attend to it again when the need arises.

  48. Thomas says:

    Clearly, Cashman made the move, because he hated having his Wang dominated by 25 brawny fellows on a weekly basis.

  49. Rico D says:

    I just really need Wang to pound it in there if I’m gonna whip him out again for another show.

  50. SmittDogg says:

    I miss the days when we had a strong healthy Wang, and didn’t need to seek relief from a handy Joba.

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