Chien-Ming Wang Officially Non-Tendered

According to Chad Jennings, the Yankees have officially cut ties with right-handed pitcher Chien-Ming Wang by non-tendering him late Saturday.

chien-ming-wang“There’s no doubt that we had to make a tough decision,” Brian Cashman said in a statement released by the team. “We are still hopeful that our relationship can continue, but those decisions are yet to be made.”

If they offered him arbitration the minimum he would have been 80 percent of his last contract or $4 million. I have a feeling that the Yankees are going to try to bring him back on a minor league deal. The nearly waited until the last second before announcing this and I have a feeling it was because they were probably trying to work something out with him. They ran out of time, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still work something out.

Wang’s agent said that he will be able to start pitching by May 1st, Cashman thinks it’s more like July. A contract somewhere in the vicinity of $1.5 million plus incentives seems to me like it would make sense for both sides. By giving him easily obtainable incentives he’d still be able to make money if he can pitch. And if he does, I’m sure the Yankees would gladly pay him. Afterall, in the past few years he was one of the bright spots on an otherwise dreary rotation.

The Yankees did offer arbitration to their other three eligible players, Melky Cabrera, Sergio Mitre, and Chad Gaudin. Melky was a no-doubter, but the other two were on the bubble.

For the record, Cashman said that “pitching, pitching, and pitching” would be his priority, but since then he’s resigned one, Andy Pettitte, and parted ways with four, Phil Coke, Brian Bruney, Ian Kennedy, and now Wang as well. Does that make sense to anyone else?

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