An interesting Yankees note from Nick Cafardo, who talked to Chien-Ming Wang’s agent.
“Fifteen teams have inquired about the rehabbing righty, according to agent Alan Nero, and while Nero wouldn’t confirm which teams are involved (except the Yankees, who would like to match any final offer) you can bet the Red Sox are one of them.”
According to Cafardo, Wang has been long-tossing for almost three weeks and will soon have another evaluation to better set his expected return to the mound. Because of Wang’s past success, you can bet a lot of teams will be interested in the results of that check-up with Dr. James Andrews. The Yankees, it appears, are one of them and have not given up completely on bringing Wang back.
• Cafardo also notes that the asking price for Mark DeRosa seems to be going down. When DeRosa was Melky Cabrera’s age, he had a total of 11 major league at-bats and one major league hit. DeRosa didn’t become an everyday player in the big leagues until he was 31, and at that point, his career batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage were lower than Cabrera’s are today. I’m not writing that to suggest Cabrera is better than DeRosa, only to point out how far DeRosa’s stock has climbed in four years, from nice player to have on the bench to legitmately buzz-worthy free agent.
• Occasionally someone asks about Erik Bedard as a possible risk-reward target for the Yankees rotation. Part of the problem is, no one knows for sure when he’ll be ready to pitch again.
• Some numbers you might like. Here’s a comparison of Granderson/Johnson vs. Damon/Matsui.