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.