Norris: Chien-Ming Wang working out for Yankees in Tampa

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Via Josh Norris: Chien-Ming Wang is with the Yankees in Tampa and is working out for the team. He’ll throw a few bullpen sessions, stuff like that. Ken Davidoff confirmed with the right-hander’s agent that no deal has been reached and they are still talking to multiple teams.

Wang, 32, pitched very well for Chinese Taipei in the World Baseball Classic, throwing 12 scoreless innings across two starts. His trademark sinker was clocked in the 88-92 mph range and the Yankees have had interest in him for about a month now. We know the club is looking for a veteran starter to stash in Triple-A, but the fact remains that Wang has not been an effective pitcher since hurting his foot running the bases in Houston in June 2008. That said, if what he showed during the WBC — heavy sinkers and lots of quick outs — was legit, he’d be perfect on a minor league deal.

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  • BJ

    Oh snap. I’m more okay with this than I thought I’d be. If he’ll take a minor league deal, bring it on.

  • Bob Buttons

    Oh nostalgia.

    A-Rod goes deep, Wang hurt.

  • jjyank

    I’d love him on a minor league deal. Hopefully his WBC performance was for real.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Yes. Loved Wang when he was healthy. Would love to see him on a minor league deal so the Yankees (hopefully) could determine if his WBC performance was legit.

  • Nate

    I am irrationally excited about this.

    • Max

      +1

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        +3.14

  • G

    He’s still young. A minor league deal is no risk. Why not?

    • Slugger27

      he turns 33 next week, not sure id label him “young”….

      hes a former yankee so the tone of the comments section will be completely different and more optimistic than if it was a similar tryout with a has-been from another organization…. which i find refreshingly actually, even if its not entirely objective.

      • MannyGeee

        I think he means “he’s still young… for a Yankee”

        #keepthememealive

        • BeanTooth

          If he ever made it to the rotation, Pettitte and Kuroda would probably make him carry the pitchers’ candy and gum in a little pink backpack, and they’d totally make him dress up with all the other rookies for the last road trip of the year.

        • ctkaiser

          Good one! Right now we need a few guys like him on minor league contracts.

  • Jim Is Bored

    No complaints about dumpster diving and how desperate the Yankees are?

    I’m impressed.

    All for it, especially on a minor league deal.

    • jjyank

      Heh. I’m guessing that doesn’t apply to former Yankees. Some of those same people wanted to bring back Damon and/or Matsui a year ago.

      • hogsmog

        Sometimes it applies doubly- see Swisher, who was cast as a “playoff choker”. This offseason, I think everyone would have been all over a right fielder with the same numbers named Swick Nisher who played for the Brewers or something. I think the same could be said about Wang.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      No complaints about dumpster diving and how desperate the Yankees are?

      Not enough comments yet. Give it time. But seriously, this is exactly the type of deals the Yankees should be looking for. He’s got a major league track record, but is coming off injuries, so he’ll be cheap. The potential for solid performance is there and the financial risk is minimal.

    • Slugger27

      yeah, what jjyank said. hes a former yankee, so its an automatic pass. if it was a different pitcher who hadn’t been effective since 2008 (say, rich harden or dice K) from a non-yankee organization, then believe me, the dalelama clones would all be out.

      • Steve (different one)

        What if it was a former Yankee who had been quite effective in 2011?

        Say his name was Parl Cavano? Or Vavy Jazquez?

        • jsbrendog

          i want there to be a vavy jazquez so bad. and for stirling to have a k call something like SMOOTH JAZZZZ FROM JAZQUEZ!

  • Barry

    Obligatory:

    Great another washed up pitcher. We could of had Chapman and Darvish. But no Cashman just wants to fill this teams with useless scrap pieces. What a joke the Yankees are these days.

    • jjyank

      Dick.

      • Herby

        Would that be part of Dalek’s Bag O
        I’d be happy to see him back on a minor league deal. I might feel a little more comfortable with him coming up in an emergency if his WBC production holds up instead of Warren. Despite Warren’s game yesterday I don’t think he’s ready to be a 6th starter.

    • MannyGeee

      Solid B+ for the effort. If you’d allow me to run a red pen through your performance…

      – No reference to ‘blocking teh kidz’
      – No ‘grave rolling’

    • Nailedit

      Nailed it! it’s all the Yankees do fill out the team with scrap. Just guys who once were this team isn’t the best of all sports it’s becoming a joke!

  • http:/www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Mark Teixeira – Ghostbuster (formerly Drew)

    Would love me big time Wang all in my business.

    • MannyGeee

      That’s what she said?

  • Vern Sneaker

    “Heavy sinkers” “Quick outs” “12 scoreless innings” — give him a AAA shot, I’d say. And how about some sentimentality for this unlucky really good former Yank?

  • MannyGeee

    I’d love the concept of having him in Scranton as a break glass option. I think he gets an offer with a team where he’s got a better shot at seeing some MLB action.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Yeah, you’re probably right, but I hope not. Would love to see him get back to his pre-injury form and make it 3 #2’s in the rotation. Imagine having CC, Kuroda, Pettitte and 2008 Wang followed by the best of Hughes/Nova/Phelps. Outstanding rotation. and makes one of the 3 available in trade for Stanton! (One of those 3 should be enough for him, right?)

  • jsbrendog

    so cashman is just gonna keep signing these washed up old has beens and block all the young guys who the yankees bnever give a chance instead of trading for stanton and signing lohse!?

    am i doing it right?

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Excellent!

    • Tom

      No you aren’t.

      This stuff is getting worse than the trolls themselves.

  • trr

    “Make it so!”

  • rek4gehrig

    Yippeeeeeee

  • mgr

    I would like to see him win the long man job and have the loser of the 5 spot start in AAA.

  • nsalem

    Low K Rates and other peripherals aside he did have a .730 lifetime WP (54-20) on the day he got hurt, which I believe is the highest ever in the history of baseball. If he does actually return to his former self in Scranton the Yankees will be in a delicate but good situation if Nova and/or Phelps are also (hopefully) pitching well.

  • Jim Cavanaugh

    I will never forget having my 1st ticket to a game in the new Stadium in 2009 and thinking a game w/ Wang against the Indians was a safe bet. He gets shelled and the Yankees lose 22-4. I blame that all on Dave Eiland though cause he sucked lol.

    Yes, ill take a flier on Wang cause he may not even get up here so it’s more or less irrelevant.

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    Would an infield of Rivera-Cano-Nunez-Youkilis with Stewart catching be able to successfully exploit CMW’s strengths?