The Yankees officially cut ties with pitcher Chien-Ming Wang yesterday which was hard news for many Yankees fans to really comprehend. It may be harder to take today with the news that he may not want to even consider resigning with the Yankees according to Marc Feinsand of the Daily News.
Publicly Wang’s agent Alan Nero is saying the right things, but privately, at least according to Feinsand, Wang may still be having hard feeling over being beaten in arbitration back in 2008 and the Yankees reaction to winning.
Feinsand wrote: Many believe the Yankees will simply bring Wang back on a lesser deal filled with incentives. Think again. A source close to Wang told me recently that the pitcher is still bothered that the Yankees took him to an arbitration hearing over $600,000 in 2008 – then gloated publicly after winning the case.
I always wondered why the Yankees took him to arbitration over such a relatively small amount of money and now it may be coming back to bite them in the ass. Especially considering we already heard our first Wang rumor this morning.
According to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, the Cardinals are interested in Wang. That makes a lot of sense too since their pitching coach, Dave Duncan, is famous for being a sinkerball coach, and the father of former Yankee Shelley Duncan, and has had a decent amount of success with it. In the late 80’s Duncan turned righty Dave Stewart into a 4-time 20 game winner and more recently he resurrected the career of Joel Pineiro.
I don’t consider Duncan a deity-like pitching coach, but it seems that when it comes to sinkers the guy knows what he’s talking about. If Wang comes back healty expect him to return to his old form. Then the Yankees will really regret their decision to pinch pennies when it came to Wang.