Chien-Ming Wang returning to Yankees

Chien-Ming Wang went 61-32 in ’06 and ’07 for the Yankees before becoming riddled with injuries.

John Heyman reported last night on CBSSports.com that Chien-Ming Wang has signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees. Wang, who was the foundation of the Bombers’ rotation in 2006 and 2007, going 38-13 with a mid-3.00s ERA. His last two seasons with New York were riddled with hip, shoulder, and foot injuries, limiting him to 27 appearances.

Since then he has played two partial seasons – 2011, 2012 – with the Washington Nationals, with only 20 appearances. His career numbers are 61-32 with a 4.26 ERA.

I think this could only be a positive move for the Yankees. While the team appears to have depth in the starting rotation, an effective and healthy Chien-Ming Wang eases some of the worries of the fragility of guys like Andy Pettitte, CC Sabathia, and Phil Hughes. He also provides a nice option – assuming he regains some of his form – to take some innings for younger players like Ivan Nova or David Phelps. It is important to remember that he is not a strikeout pitcher – 104 Ks in 2007 is his single-season high – but he can eat innings and relieve some of the pressure on the rest of the rotation.

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2 comments on “Chien-Ming Wang returning to Yankees

  1. Mike Herrell says:

    All the “experts” are pronouncing an eulogy over the Yankees for the coming year. I remind you that an expert is merely a has-been drip. I see it as an excellent opportunity for the team to step up and prove everyone wrong. Don’t discount the Yankee winning tradition. Games are won on the field not on paper or in the broadcast booths. Go Yankees!
    Red Sox suck!

    • awcpotts says:

      Couldn’t agree more! I think we can do it. It is important, though, to be realistic and recognize that it will be difficult, but we are still talking about the Yankees.

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