Spoke this evening with Alan Chang, who is one of the agents representing Chien-Ming Wang. He said the deal announced today was agreed to late last week and that Wang was pleased to get it done. CMW did not want to go to arbitration again.
“This time we were not that far apart from the Yankees and both sides made a committed effort to get it done,” Chang said. “It’s a deal that is respectful of what Wang has done. He was happy about it.”
Wang will return to the United States in about three weeks to start working with a trainer in Arizona. His right foot, Chang said, is completely healed. But to play it safe, Wang is doing his conditioning work on a bike instead of running.
Now that Wang has signed, the Yankees have three unsigned arbitration-eligible players: RHP Brian Bruney, OF Melky Cabrera and OF Xavier Nady. Arbitration filings start on Jan. 5.