The Yankees and Chien-Ming Wang seem headed for arbitration.
“I expect there will be a hearing,” Brian Cashman told me earlier today. “There have been talks but they haven’t been productive.”
The Yankees submitted $4 million while Wang and agent Alan Nero countered with $4.6 million. You could think the two sides would settle on $4.3 million and call it a day. But that hasn’t been the case. The arbitration hearing is scheduled for Feb. 14 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Yankees have not gone to arbitration with a player since 2000 when they couldn’t come to an agreement with Mariano Rivera. They won that and paid Rivera $7.2 million instead of thee $9.2 he was seeking.
Cashman said no decision has been made about how to use Joba Chamberlain at the start of the season. It will depend largely on how Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy look. Cashman said that Wang, Andy Pettitte and Mike Mussina are in the rotation.
The other two spots are open. At some point, Chamberlain will have his innings restricted. That could come in a variety of ways including being used in the bullpen. “We have to see how it all plays out,” Cashman said. “But Joba will prepare as a starter.”
Carl Pavano showed up in Tampa today and played catch. I’ll just leave that alone for now. … The Yankees officially announced the signings of Morgan Ensberg and Chris Woodward. The Yankees also invited Class A infielder Eduardo Nunez to camp. They’ll have 69 players in uniform along with a manager, six coaches and assorted guest instructors. With all the retired numbers, a lot of players will be wearing numbers in the 90s.