Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Chien-Ming Wang’

With the uncertainty surrounding Phil Hughes health, the Yanks may be left with a gaping hole in their rotation. To recap: after Andy Pettitte announced his retirement, Hughes was widely regarded as the Yankees #2 starter, behind ace CC Sabathia. Near the end of Spring Training, Joe Girardi announced that AJ Burnett would take the number two spot. At the time, the move was seen as bolstering Burnett’s questionable psyche. The Yanks broke camp with a rotation of Sabathia, Burnett, Hughes, rookie Ivan Nova and veteran Freddy Garcia.

Fast forward a month and we’re left with the mind-numbing reality that Hughes is hurt and tried to pitch through it. The results were, in a word, awful. 10 1/3 innings over three starts, allowing 23 baserunners and 16 runs (all earned).

Aside from Sabathia, the other starters still have major question marks. We’ve seen good Aprils before from Burnett, only to watch him fall apart as the season progresses. Right now, his ERA (3.52) is in-line with his career numbers, but that may not be good news: April is his best career month and his ERA progressively worsens until August. Garcia has been lights out so far, but he is an old 35 with a history of arm problems and the weather is warming. Those routine flyballs are about to start going a lot further. Nova has been basically what you expected – a good pitcher for 5 or so innings; then the wheels start to come off. By the second half, once the league has seen him, he may not even get through those 5 innings. Bartolo Colon has stepped in quite nicely so far, with 3.50 ERA over 18 innings. Questions remain regarding his durability, though: this is the first time he’s pitched in two years and he hasn’t tossed more than 99 innings since 2005.

The bullpen is already showing signs of overuse. The pen has thrown 37% of the team’s innings and combined for 64 appearances, in just 20 games. That pace is unsustainable – especially if Rafael Soriano continues to impersonate a piñata every time he takes the mound.

There aren’t any good options available at the moment. Kevin Millwood lurks in the minors, but hasn’t impressed anyone. Since his contract allows an opt-out if he isn’t on the 25 man roster by May 1, it is possible the team makes a minor move by optioning Lance Pendleton and bringing Millwood up. Carlos Silva is also toiling for minor league pay at the moment. Realistically, though, neither of those pitchers can be counted on to replace Hughes’ production. If the Yanks are at the trading deadline with the current rotation mess, they can expect to be held to a king’s ransom for even a middling pitcher – and to have to trade away the farm if they want to make a play for whatever ace is available.

So, the best option is for Hughes to get healthy and regain his form from the first half of last year. And for the Yankees to pray that this isn’t Chien-Ming Wang redux.

Read Full Post »

It’s time to kick it in gear as the baseball season is around the corner now. These links should catch you up on everything:

Chien-Ming Wang is headed to the Washington Nationals this year, receiving a one year contract worth $2M with $3M in incentives.

The Yankees invited five more players to Spring Training yesterday. Those players are: Brandon Laird, Jorge Vazquez, D.J. Mitchell, Dustin Moseley and Ryan Pope. That brings them up to 25 non-roster players in their 2010 camp.

Dave Eiland has stated that the ‘Hughes Rules’ won’t be the same as the ‘Joba Rules’. Eiland says, “But you’ve got to remember, Joba had restrictions because he never had a full season in the professional Baseball as a Starter. Phil Hughes has had several minor league seasons as a Starter.” What does Phil think he’s going to throw this season? Hughes has also taken a guess himself about his innings limit saying, “Just a guess, I’d assume it’d be around 175-180 innings, but that’s pure speculation,” said Hughes

Curtis Granderson is keeping an open mind on playing left field. “People forget that I came up as a left fielder,” Granderson told Bryan Hoch. “In the Minor Leagues all the way up to Double-A, I didn’t start playing center field consistently until my second year in the Minors. Even when I came to the big leagues, I played a few games in left. I have no problem going back over there if that happens to be.”

A few days ago, we found out that the Yankees plan to be heavily involved in trying to get Cuban prospect Adeiny Hechevarria.

According to Anthony McCarron, Francisco Cervelli sat out a month of winter ball after getting hit in the head with a bat.

Brian Cashman confirmed that the Yankees offered Johnny Damon two deals (one for two-years and $14MM).

Last week the World Series trophy took a trip to West Point

Joba Chamberlain attended the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway this past Sunday at Daytona Beach, Florida.

[Snow-stadium1.jpg]

(Photo Courtesy of The LoHud Yankees Blog)

Read Full Post »

Chien-Ming Wang Decides….

UPDATE: Apparently the baseball world jumped the gun and Chien-Ming Wang is still 7-10 days away from a decision.

According to Pete Abraham, the Wanger has decided on pitching for the Washington Nationals in 2010 and could be in the rotation by about May. While most fans thought after the Yankees non-tendered him this offseason that he was surely gone, a few fans like myself thought there might be a glimmer of hope that he would return. Best of luck to the Wanger in his future endeavors…

Read Full Post »

After yesterday’s home run themed post, let’s continue with this theme today and compare those Yankee pitchers who serve up meatballs (ie No Doubters) and the hitters on the Yankees that have hit the most last season. You can click the previous link to find out the Hit Tracker’s definition of a No Doubter.

Yankees Hitters:

Name Amount
Mark Teixeira 16
Melky Cabrera 8
Hideki Matsui 7
Jorge Posada 6
Johnny Damon 6

Pitchers:

Name Amount
Andy Pettitte 6
AJ Burnett 5
Sergio Mitre 3
Chien-Ming Wang 3
Joba Chamberlain 3

The most ‘No Doubters’ given up were 10 this year was by James Shields, would have thought Joba would have been higher than just the measly 3 he gave up, oh well. I was also a little surprised that the dearly departed Melky had 8 No Doubters.

Read Full Post »

Here is some of the latest news, notes and rumors that are floating around the Yankees blogosphere over the past week:

Yanks bring aboard Segovia as a non-roster invitee. “The Yankees have invited righty reliever Zack Segovia to Spring Training as a non-roster player.”

First Karstens. Then Jackson. Now Claggett. A few days ago Anthony Claggett was designated for assignment from the Pirates

According to Newsday’s Ken Davidoff, the Yankees “went after [John] Smoltz hard before they acquired Javier Vazquez.”

The New York Mets are among the teams interested in Chien-Ming Wang. “The Mets are among 15 teams with interest in Wang, according to Alan Nero, who along with Alan Chang represents the former Yankee.”

The guys over at RAB debate whether Derek Jeter can aim his hits

Alex Rodriguez was in New York the other day to receive the Babe Ruth Award from the New York Chapter of the BBWAA.

ESPN’s Buster Olney tweeted that the Yankees never made an offer to Jerry Hairston Jr.

“New Era Japan have just released their new 8 panel BB cap collection – a throwback style wool cap in New York Yankees and Boston Red Socks options. These are good.” -Via HighSnobiety

(more…)

Read Full Post »

To start off a short work week, for some people, here are some Yankees News and Notes to take in…

  • The Yankees avoid arbitration with Chad Gaudin and Boone Logan. Gaudin will make $2.95 million and if he reaches an undisclosed innings mark, he will make $175k more. Logan will make $590k.
  • Yankees will wear this hat for batting practice at home and this one on the road. Personally, I still like this one.
  • According to Buster Olney, the Yankees never made an offer to Jerry Hairston, Jr.
  • The Cardinals have done their ‘due diligence‘ and checked in on the condition of Chien-Ming Wang. If picked up by the Cardinals, he should do well under Dave Duncan.
  • If you want to go the Baseball Writers Association of America’s annual dinner on Saturday, tickets are still available for $225. On the guest list is Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols, Zack Greinke, Andre Dawson and many more.
  • Seats from Yankees Stadium II are selling at a higher price than seats from Shea Stadium ($1,499 to $869) and have out sold Shea seats 15,000 to 10,311 as well.
  • Take a look at your calenders and take solace in the fact that pitchers and catchers report in 31 days.

Read Full Post »

Chad Gaudin and Boone Logan, both filed for salary arbitration before today’s deadline. The team also had Chien-Ming Wang, who was eligible for salary arbitration this season, but they chose  to non-tender him last month. Not too long ago, the Yankees agreed to terms with Sergio Mitre, which allowed them to avoid arbitration.

Filing for salary arbitration is seen as procedural, as the teams can come to agreements with the players before their hearings. The hearings are scheduled to take place over the first three weeks of February. Teams and players will exchange salary figures on Tuesday.

Read Full Post »

How can anyone question whether the Yankees or better or not? Some are debating the topic, and I’m looking to settle the argument.

Gone: Hideki Matsui, Chien-Ming Wang, Jerry Hairston Jr., Brian Bruney, Austin Jackson, Melky Cabrera, Phil Coke, Shelley Duncan, Eric Hinske, Mike Dunn, Arodys Vizcaino

Newcomers: Curtis Granderson, Javier Vazquez, Nick Johnson, Boone Logan, Jamie Hoffman, Reid Gorecki, Royce Ring, and David Winfree

Still up in the air: Johnny Damon

Let’s do a quick overview:

The Goners

  • If Matsui didn’t have the postseason he had, nobody would be crying if he left us. You have to judge him based on his regular season. He was nothing spectacular during the regular season, and he locks up the DH spot since he can’t play the field at all with his knee problems. This is coming from a fan of his. He is one of those players you respect in the game, but you need to know when to cut your ties.
  • Chien-Ming Wang fell off the charts dramatically. The guy has thrown only 137 innings over the past two years. He went (W-L) 1-6 with a 9.64ERA last season. What makes you think he can pitch right now? He was a 19-game winner. Not anymore.
  • Hairston, Bruney, Cabrera, Coke, Duncan and Dunn will not be missed. As for Hinske..we could use him, but he’s not a major loss.

The Newcomers

  • Curtis Granderson is taking over centerfield. He brings another power bat to the lineup, more speed, and serves as a defensive upgrade in the outfield.
  • Javier Vazquez will take the 4th slot in the rotation. He didn’t fair so well with the Yanks his first time around, but can you give him another chance? This guy could be an ace on many major league ball clubs. Power pitchers are key in the playoffs…just remember that.
  • Nick Johnson walked 17.8% of the time in ’09, which was the highest percentage in the major leagues. His .426 on base percentage was second-best in the league to Albert Pujols. Enough said? Don’t give me that..”Oh..he’s going to get injured.” You never know how the season will go. You can’t predict injuries. How did A.J. Burnett do last season?
  • The club also brought in a young bunch of players: Boone Logan, Jamie Hoffman, Reid Gorecki, Royce Ring, and David Winfree. Hoffman will compete for an outfield spot come Spring Training.

and those still up in the air

  • Johnny Damon is still undecided where he is going to play next season. His options are running out, and there is still a chance he can return to the Yankees. Let’s wait and see what happens.

This off-season, the Yankees basically got rid of players that were over the hill, had injury problems, weren’t anything special at the major league level, and some prospects that haven’t proven a damn thing. Instead, they brought in an all-star center fielder, a pitcher that could be an ace on many ball clubs and a DH that finished behind Pujols in OBP last year. This team should be stronger than last year’s. I am well aware that things don’t always work out, but this team is clearly better on paper. Now, let’s see if they can do it on the field.

Read Full Post »

The Jeter marriage thing is bogus? Craig Calcaterra reports that the whole Derek-Jeter-getting-married thing is baloney. The story: it’s Derek Jeter’s sister Sharlee Jeter. SI.com’s Jimmy Traina says he heard some details of the wedding a few weeks back and that the NY Post report is accurate. So are they getting married or aren’t they?

Yanks interested in bringing back Jerry Hairston Jr. “Five teams have expressed interest in Jerry Hairston Jr., according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com (via Twitter).Hairston would likely receive a $2-3MM salary on a one-year deal.”

The Wanger: “In the same report, Chien-Ming Wang has told friends he is ready to move on from the Yankees. He has visited Dr. James Andrews for an exam on his right shoulder and could join a major-league rotation by May.”

ESPN.com’s Buster Olneyaddresses the persistent rumors about a potential reunion for Johnny Damon and the Yankees. Olney says that a few executives around the league “are absolutely convinced” that Damon will end up in the Bronx, but that it would require Damon significantly lowering his asking price and initiating contact with the Yanks.”

The Cincinnati Reds sign Aroldis Chapman for five years, $30M. We all knew the Yankees were out of it for a while, so we didn’t get our hopes up.

Teixeira among Legacy Award honorees NLBM’s Legacy Awards given Jan. 30. Josh Gibson Award to AL, NL HR leaders: Carlos Pena, Rays, and Mark Teixeira, Yanks (tie); Pujols

Mike Silva looks to cmpare the 2010 Yankees and Red Sox rotations.

River Ave. Blues talks about what role Alfredo Aceves will have this upcoming season.

Read Full Post »

Darryl Strawberry is going to appear on ‘Apprentice’. “No, the former Mets and Yankees slugger isn’t up for a front-office position, but something a bit more television-friendly. It was revealed Monday by NBC that Strawberry, 47, is one of the cast members in the next season of “Celebrity Apprentice,” entrepreneur Donald Trump’s reality show that begins airing in March after the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games.”

LoHud.com’s Chad Jennings wonders if the Yankees’ lineup would seem better if Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner swapped positions, since Granderson has the power of a corner outfielder and Gardner has the speed of a center fielder.

The agent for Chien-Ming Wang told 1050 ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand that he has heard from 15 teams, whom are interested in Wang.

Blomberg wants to do radio. He  joined Ed Randall on WFAN radio and fell in love with the microphone, opening another potential avenue for the 61-year-old who for years has had a hand in everything from motivational speaking, to scouting for the Yankees, to running sports camps for youths in New Jersey. “I want to do radio,” says Blomberg, who was taken by the Bombers with the first pick of the 1967 draft and spent seven of his eight major league seasons in pinstripes. “It’s a natural thing, I love to talk to people and talk baseball.”

Bruney loves his facial hair. “I can finally grow some facial hair after four years,” he said. “That’s great. That was one of the first things I thought about. When I was traded, I said, ‘Wow, finally, I can grow a beard.’”

David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution believes that if his price tag drops to well below $10MM, Johnny Damon could be a good fit for the Braves.

Strikeouts on the rise for Sanchez. “In his last four regular season appearances with Scranton, Sanchez had 22 strikeouts in 18.1 innings. During the Triple-A playoffs, he had 17 strikeouts in 10 innings. This winter in Venezuela, Sanchez has 47 strikeouts in 33 innings (his previous three winters combined he had just 22 strikeouts in 34.1 innings).”

Joe Pawlikowski of River Ave. Blues wants the Yankees to stay away from free agent outfielder Marlon Byrd. 

Randy Johnson announces retirement. “I would like to officially announce my retirement. I’ve taken this long because I definitely wanted to kind of relax from the season being over and make sure I had a clear head when I made this decision, and that I would be making it wholeheartedly, and that I would stick with it. Without a doubt, 100 percent, I will be retiring at this time.”

Bay: “I just kind of assumed Damon would be back”. “I didn’t really see them having a hole,” Bay said. “They moved some guys, and I just kind of assumed Damon was going to be back. I just never really gave it a lot of thought to be honest.”

The Misery Tenor. The Yankees have moved on and they have no plans for Ronan Tynan to sing during the 7th inning stretch at future home games.

A-Rod still has Madonna on his mind. “Actress Kate Hudson reportedly dumped sportsman Alex Rodriguez, her boyfriend of nine-months, because he is still obsessed with Madonna.” (more…)

Read Full Post »

Shelley Duncan signs with the Indians

Ken Rosenthal reports that Chien-Ming Wang’s latest check up was positive. He could throw off a mound in 6-8 weeks.

Wang keeps the door open to pinstriped return. “Sam Borden of the Journal News received word of a recent public appearance wherein Wang said “that there were no hard feelings on his side about being non-tendered.”

Now hear this: Marty Appel. “Appel spent some time with the Bookshelf discussing the work that went into Munson, as well as the behind-the-scenes process of putting together various publications for the Yankees, one of his responsibilities while with the team.”

Charlie Sheen is getting his Yankee tat removed. “The docs also show he’s in the process of having four of the tattoos removed, including an open zipper with an eyeball popping out, a Yankees tattoo, a Japanese  samurai and angel wings.”

A.J. Burnett turned 33 years-old yesterday. We wish him a belated Happy Birthday.

On December 28th, Jon Heyman tweeted that the Yankees don’t appear to be in on Jermaine Dye. He said that the Rangers, cubs, Giants, Braves and Angels were more likely suitors.

Laird brothers arrested in Phoenix. “Detroit Tigers catcher Gerald Laird and his younger brother, Yankees infield prospect Brandon Laird, were arrested following a brawl in the lounge area of Phoenix’s NBA arena, according to police.”

Teen Ramirez wins MiLBY as top starter. “At 19, Ramirez finished eighth in the league in ERA and eighth in strikeouts with 53. What set him apart was the .159 batting average-against and the fact he walked just 16 over his 61 innings. He led all pitchers who qualified in BAA and his 7.23 base-runners/9 IP ratio was also the lowest on the Rookie-level circuit.”

Read Full Post »

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi #27 takes pitcher Chien-Ming Wang #40 out of the game in the 5th inning against the Texas Rangers during their game on June 4, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Joe Girardi;Chien-Ming WangAccording to Bill Madden of the Daily News, the Yankees offered Wang a minor-league contract, that would turn into a major-league deal once he proved that his shoulder was in the proper condition.

Wang’s agent, Alan Nero, wanted guaranteed money and he didn’t get it. It wouldn’t be very wise for the Yankees to give him guaranteed money, when there is no real time table for his return. In response to the offer, Nero told them that Wang would be moving on to another team. That marks the end of Wang’s tenure with the Yankees.

In other news, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says that three AL teams and three NL teams have shown interest in Wang.  He stated that the Dodgers are not one of those teams “yet.”  Of course there is a lot of speculation of him going to LA, considering Torre, Bowa, and Mattingly are there. (more…)

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »

%d bloggers like this: