Wang now a free agent
In a move that should not have been all that surprising, Chien-Ming Wang is now a free agent.
It wasn’t that the Yankees didn’t love everything Wang did for them in their uniform, including winning 46 games in 2 1/2 years before that awful baserunning incident in Houston last June. But after seeing him struggle so mightily this season coming off that injury and heading toward season-ending surgery, Wang’s situation was just a little too uncertain.
“There’s no doubt that we had to make a tough decision,” said Yankees
general manager Brian Cashman. “We are still hopeful that our
relationship can continue, but those decisions are yet to be made.”
Had the Yankees tendered Wang a contract, they would have been bound by a rule that makes a maximum pay cut of 20 percent of the $5 million he earned in 2009 – a $4 million deal. The return on that investment is questionable, and so the Yankees will try to re-sign Wang to a lesser deal heavy in incentives.
Speaking this week to Wang’s agent, Alan Nero, it appears as though Wang will now engage all 30 teams. Nero didn’t rule out Wang coming back to the Yankees, a place where he truly is well-liked in the clubhouse and seems comfortable, but it sure doesn’t seem like a slam dunk.