Apparently Chien-Ming Wang is expecting a major league contract, and he’s willing to wait for it.
Wang’s agent, Alan Nero, told Ken Rosenthal: “We’re anticipating a major-league offer with a substantial guarantee and substantial upside… We’re so confident with what is going to happen, if we don’t do it until May, we’re OK. Whoever shows the initiative to take a little bit of risk is going to win.”
Floating the idea of a May signing might be a power play by Nero, or it might be indication that Nero doesn’t expect major league offers at this point. Teams are still reviewing medical records, so Wang might not sign for a while. Whether it takes until May, I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
A lot of other Yankees related news and notes floating out there today.
• Add Oakland to the list of possible Johnny Damon destinations, but the A’s apparently have Ben Sheets higher on their list of priorities.
• Our old friend Austin Jackson will go into spring training as a favorite for the Tigers lead-off spot. By comparison, the Yankees had Jackson open last season batting sixth because they didn’t want to put too much pressure on him… in Triple-A.
• Apparently Kei Igawa is looking to stay in America long term, no matter what happens at the end of his current contract.
• The Rangers have designated Joe Inglett for assignment. He’s a career .293 hitter in the big leagues, where he’s played every position except pitcher, catcher and first base. Not a bad utility candidate if the Yankees were to put in a claim.