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Agent optimistic regarding deal for Wang

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jan 18, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The salary arbitration figures were due today at 3 p.m. So as it stands right now, Brian Bruney, Robinson Cano and Chien-Ming Wang are in the arbitration process.

The team submits a figure and the agent submits a figure. If no deal can be struck, a neutral party will determine the salary on a one-year contract. Hearings can get a little acrimonious and teams usually try and avoid them.

I just spoke to Alan Nero, who represents Wang. He said he and Brian Cashman have been discussing a one-year deal. “I’m optimistic we can get something done before a hearing,” he said. “We’re talking and it has been positive.”

But while Nero would not say what he is asking for, he made it clear that he doesn’t consider Wang to be an average case.

“This player has done a lot for the Yankees,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll find some common ground. If not, it’ll be done for us. That’s how the system works.”

Nero said Wang will travel to the United States in the next week and start working out at a private facility in Arizona.





23 Responses to “Agent optimistic regarding deal for Wang”

  1. mel January 18th, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Dude is due for some serious coin. Back to back 19-win seasons? Slotted as the 1/2 in a Yankee rotation?

    Nero, tell your guy to take care of that fingernail!

  2. Stephen January 18th, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    A one-year deal? Are the Yankees worried about his arm?

  3. hmmm January 18th, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    nah, that’s just the way it works.

    if the yankees want to give him a long term deal, next year is the time to do it. say 4 years: 2 arb years, 2 years of FA.

    no point giving a 4 year deal now, it only gets you 1 year of FA.

    5 years is too long.

  4. raymagnetic â„¢ January 18th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    “This player has done a lot for the Yankees,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll find some common ground.”

    I agree that Wang has done a lot for the Yankees. If it wasn’t for Wang and Cano and to a lesser extent Melky being as good as they are Cashman’s youth movement would have been derailed along time ago I believe.

  5. Sean January 18th, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Private facility? What is wrong with Tampa?

  6. Doreen January 18th, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Sean -

    Probably just want to ease into the time change, no? Just a thought as to maybe why.

    Wang and Cano need to be shown the money!

  7. YankeeDiva January 18th, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    hmmm- I still don’t get it (it happens from time to time :) ) but why would the Yankees only sign him for one year? That means they’ll have to worry about him being a free agent next year, our rotation isn’t that sturdy that we can lose Wang. What would be the harm in giving him a 3 year deal now?

  8. i miss bernie January 18th, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    his agent should bring that bobblehead to the hearing! intimidation factor

    what’s this ”

    this player” stuff? this guy obiously never took a marketing class.

  9. Joe January 18th, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    This from the associated press…
    Cano asked for $4.55 million while the Yankees offered $3.2 million; Wang requested $4.6 million with the team countering at $4 million; and Bruney submitted $845,000 while New York proposed $640,000

  10. Buddy Biancalana January 18th, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    So Cano settles for $4M, Wang gets $4.25M & Bruney gets $750K

  11. Doreen January 18th, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Arbitration is either or, correct? They can’t split the difference?

  12. hmmm January 18th, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    “Arbitration is either or, correct? They can’t split the difference?”

    you are correct, but i think Buddy meant they would “settle” before going to arbitration.

  13. Buddy Biancalana January 18th, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Yes Doreen & hmmm , my point was they would most likely settle & split the difference.

  14. Doreen January 18th, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    Buddy -

    Our posts crossed — I figured you meant before getting to arbitration.

  15. Doreen January 18th, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    I hope they settle – I’ve heard arbitration can be brutal.

  16. whoa January 18th, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    I have no idea what an “average case” is.

  17. Paolo January 18th, 2008 at 7:22 pm


    CMW is stuck in Taiwan since the Yankees has been late on providing the needed documents for CMW to get the visa approved. Without the visa, Wang cannot come to the US…

  18. shawnchang January 19th, 2008 at 12:13 am

    It’s OK if Yankees play this way for a year deal.
    As long as Wang keeps good health that Yankees gonna pay double even more than this figure just matter of the time.
    BTW I’ve said it before on Wang’s website and I’ll say it again,why not consider change the agent if they can’t done well.

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