Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Chien-Ming Wang works out for Yankees
By Wallace Matthews
Chien-Ming Wang pitched for Chinese Taipei in the WBC.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Chien-Ming Wang, a familiar face from the Yankees' recent past, was at their minor league complex Wednesday working out for the club, with the possibility he could be signed to a minor-league deal.
"We've talked to him for quite some time and he's agreed to work out for our people across the street, so that's what he'll do," GM Brian Cashman said. "We saw enough from him in the WBC to bring him in for a further look."
Wang went 55-26 in five seasons for the Yankees between 2005-09. He notched 19 wins in consecutive seasons, including 2006 when he led the American League and finished second in the Cy Young Award voting to Johan Santana. But a Lisfranc injury suffered running the bases in 2008 and shoulder surgery in 2009 ended Wang's Yankees career.
Wang, 32, had two nondescript seasons with the Washington Nationals, but he caught the attention of several teams by pitching 12 scoreless innings in the World Baseball Classic for his native Chinese Taipei.
"I think he was as high as 93 (mph) in the WBC, so we wanted to take a look, and he was agreeable," Cashman said. "We have some vacancies in the rotation in (Triple-A) Scranton, so we're exploring all our options, and he showed interest in coming back. he had a great time with us and if he has to do a minor-league deal, he'd probably rather do it here."