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.