Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Wang Given $5 Million Arbitration Deal

It has been reported that Chien Ming Wang has agreed to a $5 Million arbitration deal to pitch next season leaving the Yankees with Nady, Bruney, and Cabrera as the only remaining arbitration cases. Not much has been said about Wang, who up until last seasons injury was the staff ace. Now that the Yankees have signed Sabathia and Burnett, Wang has been slotted down to the 3 spot. However, the smart money says that a healthy Wang will win more games than those guys next season. That just shows how potent the rotation can be. If the Yankees sign Pettitte as their 4 guy, that will leave Chamberlain and whoever eats up the innings he cannot (Hughes, Aceves?) at the 5 spot. This is looking like a potent rotation. However, we all know that the achilles heal of any rotation is their health, and there are already red flags about Burnett and Chamberlain. Not to mention concerns over Sabathia's Will White like innings, and the fact that Wang's freak foot injury limited him to just 95 innings last season. With any luck, the Yankees will avoid a string of devastating injuries to the rotation in 2009, but with lots of bad luck, we could be seeing Aceves and Ponson fronting our staff again.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm glad that's out of the way.
But day-yam.
What's he gonna cost when he finally gets to be a free agent?

Meanwhile, if you were looking for a hero...
http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=499547

Joe

She-Fan said...

Does anybody know why the Yankees are reluctant to give a homegrown pitcher like Wang, who's won 19 games twice, more than a one year deal when they're so quick to hand over years and millions to free agents? Seems strange to me.

Anonymous said...

< a href="">http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=499547< /a>

Maybe this will work?

Joe

Anonymous said...

She Fan, because they can. A player is pretty much over a barrel for his first few years.
In the next year or two, he'll be making the big bucks.

Anyway, that article I've been mangling the link for is Nolan Ryan's "new" retro approach to handling a pitching staff. Be nice to see how it works out. I have high hopes.

Joe

Anonymous said...

To be a little more plain, Wang has a multi year contract.
But he's only guarenteed minimum wage.
Remember last year, he went to arbitration to try to get 5M. He "lost" and "only" got 4.6.
His next contract will refect his worth on the open market.

Joe

Raven King said...

In fact, last year Wang went to arbitration to try to get 4.6M. He lost and only got 4.
And then Randy Levin openly bragged about what a great victory it was to beat Chien-ming Wang in arbitration...