Wang Has Offers, Could Sign Soon

5:04pm: MLB.com's Bill Ladson reports that the Nationals are "aggressively pursuing" Wang, and that they are one of the finalists for his services. Ladson adds that it's unknown if they've made him an offer, though.

4:02pm: Chien-Ming Wang has received offers from two clubs and could sign soon, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The Mets and Dodgers are not among the teams to offer Wang a contract. Rosenthal hears that the 29-year-old Wang would like to play for Joe Torre again, but Torre's Dodgers are lagging behind in their pursuit of the right-hander. As for the Mets, they're even further behind than the Dodgers.

The Orioles have discussed Wang and the Cardinals, Nationals and Phillies have all been connected to him this offseason. Rosenthal says the Blue Jays were in on Erik Bedard and wonders if they could pursue Wang, too.

Wang, who is recovering from arthroscopic shoulder surgery, will likely make a decision within a week or ten days.


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81 Comments on "Wang Has Offers, Could Sign Soon"


5 years 5 months ago

Wow, Dodgers disappoint again.

TimotheusATL
5 years 5 months ago

Just wait til the Mets fans read this. Collective head explosion imminent.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

The Mets have had much more of a struggling off-season than the Dodgers. I’m going to say it’s the Nats.

thegrayrace
5 years 5 months ago

Debatable. The Mets did acquire Jason Bay. The Dodgers biggest signing has been Vicente Padilla.

5 years 5 months ago

Educated guess: The Cardinals.

TimotheusATL
5 years 5 months ago

Would make sense, actually. Dr. Duncan loves dem sinkerballers.

mojowo11
5 years 5 months ago

The buzz around the Cardinals indicates they’re not planning to sue what money they have left to sign a pitcher, so probably not, especially given what Wang was hoping to get contract-wise.

ajm317
5 years 5 months ago

You know its just a real shame the Mets can’t do anything. One of the biggest payroll and they have 1 reliable starter. Low risk High Reward and thats wang…..hes the only one left like this.

besttradever
5 years 5 months ago

Could be any team: Reds Pirates Red Sox, and so on. So i would say its the Pirates and the Rays.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

The Rays have no room for Wang…

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start_wearing_purple
5 years 5 months ago

I sense a series of jokes coming…

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

why?

orioles
5 years 5 months ago

Wang just doesn’t fit.

5 years 5 months ago

hahaha…. i get it……….. i kinda hope the phillies sign him and maybe use him as a starter for a bit and if he goes all chan ho park on us we move him to the pen

besttradever
5 years 5 months ago

Maybe so. But since the loss of Scott Kazmir, they could afford a new opening day pitcher.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

seriously?

They traded Scott Kazmir so that could clear the way for Wade Davis. They have Sheilds (their ace), Garza (their other ace), Niemann, Price, and Davis, and if anyone gets injured Jeremy Hellickson will get the call. Wang won’t even be ready until late April early May.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Rotation depth is a myth.. the more starters you have, the better.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

not if you are spending millions on depth. The A’s and the Rays for example both have cheap cheap cheap depth. The A’s have Vin Mazzaro, Gio, and Clayton Mortensen and the Rays have Hellickson and McGee. Thats a total of like 1MM annually.

markjsunz
5 years 5 months ago

That is one myth the Dodgers will not have to worry about. The Rays have young pitching under team control,and very well may be heard from this year.

besttradever
5 years 5 months ago

Well, if you think about it, the Rays could go after anyone. Not really Wang, but maybe Washburn. I just now relized that i agree with you about Wang no going to Tampa. It would be a possible miracle for Tampa to sign Damon, Washburn. You could put Wasburn on the number 3 in the rotation, like this,
1. Shields
2. Garza
3. Washburn
4. Price
5. Niemann

R_y_a_n
5 years 5 months ago

Washburn as a full-time starter in the AL East?

Boy, that would be fun!

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

But I think that Wade Davis or Jeremy Hellickson deserve first shot at the rotation. I think that Wang and Wash are both potential top of the rotation guys when healthy, WHEN HEALTHY. But I don’t think they have proven to be at that point yet.

BrocNessMonster
5 years 5 months ago

Considering he’s on the shelf a couple more months… He’s probably not on the hill opening day.

MRPost
5 years 5 months ago

Why would the Rays add a struggling sinkerballer to the mix… they play on turf. Minnesota shelled out 7 million for Pavano, and he’s got better stuff — they are also moving out of the Dome!

gocrazy
5 years 5 months ago

A lot of teams could use a healthy Wang.

Suzysman
5 years 5 months ago

I know the Chicago GMs deserve one.

5 years 5 months ago

I would really like to see the Sox sign him concidering we didnt even go after justin d from oakland or an erik bedard

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start_wearing_purple
5 years 5 months ago

Signing John Lackey wasn’t enough…?

5 years 5 months ago

ive learned you can never have too much

TimotheusATL
5 years 5 months ago

You mean aside from the fact that there’s no fit for him there whatsoever?

5 years 5 months ago

or the fact that he eats up innings and wins games?

Muggi
5 years 5 months ago

Kinda hard to eat innings and win games when you have little to no chance of getting on the mound. Wang’s not going to sign with Boston to be a bullpen arm.

jrollpatrol08
5 years 5 months ago

not since 07 he hasnt

fitz
5 years 5 months ago

At the time there was the assumption Clay would be dealt soon but since it appears the Sox are going to be keeping him around there really isn’t a spot for him barring an injury and the rotation should be great but like any team there are a lot of question marks (mainly with Beckett and Dice-K).

5 years 5 months ago

if he can prove his health out of the bullpen or wherever could be possible trade bait

Taskmaster75
5 years 5 months ago

He’d be more inclined to be a starter, not a bullpen guy. Who gets paid more, a comeback starter or a comeback reliever?

iwishihadaclue
5 years 5 months ago

How can the Mets go into this season and not acquire ONE STARTING PITCHER. Maine hasn’t been completely healthy or injury free in at least 2 or 3 seasons. Pelfrey had a down year and Ollie…well he’s the Jekyll & Hyde of baseball. How can ownership ignore this rotation all together. That is just unacceptable.

orioles
5 years 5 months ago

Orioles need to sign Wang. Tillman isn’t quite ready.

5 years 5 months ago

I wouldn’t mind the Nats taking a flyer on Wang. we still do need another Starting Pitcher, and I am hoping beyond hope that it is NOT Washburn. If Chien-Ming is fully recovered, he’d be a great boost to our pitching staff.

Make It So, Rizzo.

crazynatsfan
5 years 5 months ago

i dont get this why would rizzo hire wang he only gives ground balls and the nats were the werst team defensively last year but he could sure help them on the pitching side of things

5 years 5 months ago

Rizzo loves groundball pitchers. that’s why.

and that’s why he’s made a concerted effort to try and improve our up-the-middle defense as well.

myname_989
5 years 5 months ago

I’d like to see the Phils give him a shot, assuming he can keep his sinker down and comes on a Minor League deal with an invite, which I’m not sure will happen given the guaranteed dollars he wants…

jcmets4112
5 years 5 months ago

I’ve come to terms with the fact that the Mets are determined not to improve this offseason (other than Bay.) My only question is: why don’t they communicate that to the fans? They aren’t in a coma, they must see the growing rage we all have that nothing whatsoever is being done to better the team…why not come out and offer a public rationale for it? If they’re setting their sights on next offseason, say so! If they truly have detailed, plausible reasons for not pursuing Sheets, Wang, etc. – tell us what they are!

Someone will say “the Mets can’t do that! No one would renew their ticket package if they admitted their plan all along was to stand pat!” Maybe true, but it still makes them dishonest for saying they would be aggressive in improving.

markjsunz
5 years 5 months ago

They signed Jason Bay, there other players will be going to spring training healthy so so should expect improvement. Bay will give you 120 runs batted in. I would have expected the Red sox fans crying about his loss.I would think the Mets will be much improved. The mets are stuck with some big contracts and it has been reported the owner took a punch because of the Madoff scandal, so they is like alot of teams currently practicing some fiscal restraint.

jrollpatrol08
5 years 5 months ago

bay isnt going to have 120 rbis. you need guys on base in order to drive in runs. maybe, maybe on a good team he gets that much, but the mets offense is too weak to provide bay with that many rbi possibilities

markjsunz
5 years 5 months ago

Some of there guys are coming back from injury , Time will tell.

HalfSt
5 years 5 months ago

I really hope it is the Nats, but this web page has a way of not including Nats among the categories, even if they are one of the players. So, since MLBTR has ordained that the Nationals are not among those teams that might sign Wang, I guess I should give up hope.

Kolukonu
5 years 5 months ago

Wang would be a fantastic fit in St. Louis, with the expertise of Dr. Dave Duncan as his pitching coach.

Taskmaster75
5 years 5 months ago

Mr. Duncan will find a place for Wang.

5 years 5 months ago

Wang would be a great fit, let Mr. Duncan work his magic but they have said in many articles they are done spending on arms looking to get a bat. So we shall see C’mon MO make it happen!!! Oh a Lopez and Relief signing would be nice also.

mookie_and_doc
5 years 5 months ago

When it comes to the Mets, I’ve already moved onto 2011. I don’t care who they sign, as long as they’re one-year deals that don’t hamstring future offseasons (like Castillo in 2007).

5 years 5 months ago

Dodgers really need Wang for depth. Playing for Torre again and in a pitchers ballpark as like a 4 starter would be ideal for Wang as well. The NL WEST will be the best division in the NL next yr come on Colleti…

metsfan2044
5 years 5 months ago

link to sammymakki.com
sammy says the mets did make an offer to wang…

eedwards027
5 years 5 months ago

Pirates

BentoBox
5 years 5 months ago

Someone should grab Wang already.

Taskmaster75
5 years 5 months ago

GM’s don’t know if Wang is right for them.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

I love to see that my Nats are “aggressively pursuing” Wang.

BaseballFan0707
5 years 5 months ago

God damnit man, you stole my comment.

=p

gwrange
5 years 5 months ago

Dave Duncan is overrated by all you ‘tards who are dying for mlbtr “likes”. There I said it.

TimotheusATL
5 years 5 months ago

And just because you said it doesn’t make you right 😀

bbxxj
5 years 5 months ago

There are people dying for likes? Where is this happening and how can I send money for the relief efforts?

I think part of what makes Duncan good is that he with the FO find guys that he can fix/tweak but it’s not like he can make me a major leaguer.

dire straits
5 years 5 months ago

Haha, ballsy. Like bbxxj said, he may not be the “magician” everyone makes him out to be, but look at what he did for Pineiro’s career: 16MM! The guy is doing something right.

“Where is this happening and how can I send money for the relief efforts?”
That might be a little too insensitive.

DarthBusey
5 years 5 months ago

I would let Dave Duncan date my 2 month old daughter. He’s dreamy.

There, I said it.