Two years later, it seems obvious that the Yankees made the right choice with Chien-Ming Wang. He’d been a steady force in their rotation for a good part of four seasons, but injuries had taken their toll, and the Yankees let Wang walk away after the 2009 season.
In the two years since, he’s pitched in 11 big league games.
But somethings are finally starting to come together for the 31-year-old. Those 11 appearances came in the final two months of this season, and Wang had a solid 4.04 ERA in those 11 starts. In his final four starts of the year, he struck out 16 and walked none. He won his last two starts and allowed just one run in six innings in his season finale.
Now Wang is looking to resign with the Nationals, the team that spent a year and a half trying to get Wang healthy again.
“I’ll try to work on my breaking ball more and hopefully get better and better again,” Wang told MLB.com in September. “Every year, we have to deal with different conditions. I hope I can have a really good year, get all my good stuff and keep myself at the best condition. I want to do my best in the future.”
In theory, Wang might be the kind of risk-reward signing that might interest the Yankees for the back of their rotation — a more familiar but slightly younger version of Freddy Garcia — but Wang seems to like the idea of returning to the Nationals and being of some value there.
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