Feb
10

Chien-Ming Wang, former Yankee (UPDATE: Not yet)

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Update by Mike (10:08am): Buster Olney and a Nats’ writer shot Pete’s report down. Washington is still very much in pursuit of Wanger, but he’s still a week or so away from making a decision.

8:56am: Once the Yankees declined to tender Chien-Ming Wang a contract in December it was pretty apparent that he would not return to the team. We held out a glimmer of hope, mainly because Wang had pitched so well in 2006 and 2007. It appears he’s about to officially become a former Yankee. PeteAbe tweets that he has chosen the Nationals, and that a deal is near. We wish him luck in his new digs, and hope he picks up a few wins against the Mets this season.

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  • Nick

    All the best Wanger. Just take your time coming around 3rd base.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Washington could get a really good pitcher here if Wang recovers. Hopefully, he could turn their franchise around a bit. Wang, Lannan, Marquis, Strasburg, Zimmermann, and whoever else they have could be a scary good rotation if it all works out.

    I like this signing for them, good luck Wang!

    • Mike Pop

      Yeah, if Wanger gets back to his old self. that’s a very solid pitcher in the NL.

    • Zack

      Zimmermann is out for the year after TJS late last season. But if Wang is healthy and Marquis doesnt suck they do have a pretty good 1-4.

      • Johan Iz My Brohan

        Yeah I know about JZ’s Tommy John surgery, and of course the length of Wang’s deal (whoops!) is not yet revealed; however, if they for some reason extend his contract beyond this year, and all those other things workout, the Nats could start turning around.

        • Zack

          IIRC, even if it’s a 1 year deal he still has 1 more year of arbitration, so he’s under control if they want him, or they can non-tender him if he sucks again, or they can move him at the deadline for a team looking for SP help.
          Worst case scenario they spent a few million on ineffective pitcher, not a major risk for them.

    • pete

      i wouldn’t call it scary good, but if wang goes back to form, then 2 years down the road Strasburg/Zimmerman/Wang/Lannan/Marquis would certainly be solid.

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    So is this unfortunately the official end of Wang jokes?

    • JSquared

      We Will See our Wang again…

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Until the first picture of Wang pitching in front of the Washington Monument comes out.

      • Accent Shallow

        Can you see the Monument from Nationals Park?

        • Johan Iz My Brohan

          Silly you, the Washington Monument would be standing on the mound ; )

        • rbizzler

          Nope, but you can see the Capital from certain parts of the park.

          Not a bad move for the Nats as they finally figured out that you need some starting pitching depth to compete.

          • vin

            … Something the Mets haven’t yet figured out.

            • http://www.facebook.com/adorador Ray Fuego

              silly mets..

  • Accent Shallow

    I’d like to see him in pinstripes again if he’s healthy.

    So it goes.

  • Rose

    This is all just Wang…vewy Wang.

  • JohnC

    I’d still like to see Yanks take a look at Kiko Calero for the pen.

  • Jeremy

    Don’t worry. He will rebound with the Nationals and the Yankees will eventually sign him to a six year, $105 million contract.

  • Brian

    Good luck, Wanger. The Wang should prove to be pretty big in the NL (sorry, I had to make at least one more bad Wang joke), and I’m sure he’ll beat us in an interleague game at some point down the line.

  • Richard Deegan

    Great move and best to CMW.
    I don’t think Wang will get pulled too early with the Nsts. Wang may only get yanked with a lot of scoring.

  • Zack

    Soo…. Nationals > Mets?

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      I wouldn’t be shocked.

  • Kiko Jones

    H?o yùn qì, bìng g?n xiè y? qiè Chien-Ming.

  • Jonathan

    this reminds me of a few years ago when Wang was pitching and don’t hold me to this but I think up maybe 4 runs maybe 4-0 in the 9th with possibly two outs and he blew the game to the nationals..that was painful.

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    It’s too bad Wang. You were very good here for 2+ years.

  • Jersey

    I’ll be PSYCHED to see the Wanger pitching his home games here. Much like I still enjoy seeing T-Clip.

  • Tampa Yankee

    I guess there is still a chance for us to still hold on to our Wang

  • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan – Cashman Has No Equal

    AbeFail.

  • bobmac

    No donuts for Pete.

  • Rose

    Cue Curt Schilling using this false report as ammo in his back-and-forth battle with Pete Abe right now…

  • Cecala

    Pete Abe has to be the worst. Thank god hes in Boston now…

  • jim

    He was the Interested Reader….

  • JPR

    Abe is correct though….Beckett wears down a lot….especially for his age.He is a slow healer. They will resign him and wear him out like they did with Pedro and Dicey K and Shilling.

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