On this date in 2000, the Yankees signed Chien-Ming Wang as a 20-year-old amateur out of Taiwan for $1.9MM. The sinkerballer pitched to a 4.16 ERA in parts of five years with New York before hurting his shoulder and being non-tendered after the 2009 season. Here's the latest from baseball's two East divisions...
- Orioles GM Dan Duquette told Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com that Miguel Tejada initiated contact with the team (Twitter link). Tejada will sign a minor league deal if he passes his physical on Monday, then will head to Extended Spring Training to work out.
- Adam Kilgore of The Washinton Post recapped a story told by GM Mike Rizzo at the Nationals Press Club luncheon. Rizzo spoke about his journey from minor league player to GM and the team's rise to contention.
- ESPN's Jim Bowden put together a list of trade candidates for the Yankees in wake of Mariano Rivera's torn ACL, including Brandon League, Joel Hanrahan, and Grant Balfour. The majority of MLBTR readers believe David Robertson should replace Rivera according to this morning's poll.
- The Blue Jays have started to show signs of contention in the AL East, writes Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports. Toronto is 16-11 even though Jose Bautista has yet to really get going.