Farewell To The Wanger

February 17, 2010 – 9:20 pm

The WangerAt long last Chien-Ming Wang is now officially no longer a Yankee, having signed a one-year deal with the Washington Nationals. Interestingly, there seems to be nary a mention of this on any of the more popular NYY blogs. I guess this is just a case of “what have you done for me lately”, which in Wang’s case is certainly not very much. Since injuring his foot running the bases in 2008, he was plagued with injuries. And his attempt to come back last year was a total disaster, going 1-6 in 9 starts with a 9.64 ERA. How much of that was due to him still not being 100% is impossible to say. And given the injuries, it’s hard to blame Brian Cashman for not bringing him back.

But still, let’s not forget that he was essentially the staff ace in 2006 and 2007, winning 19 games in both of those years and putting up excellent ERA’s of 3.63 and 3.70. Plus, he was extremely reliable — in 2007 he averaged 6.6 innings per start and went 6+ innings in 27 of his 30 starts. Only C.C. Sabathia put up better numbers than that last year for the Yankees.

So here’s wishing The Wanger the best. And the good news is that being with the Nationals means that the Yankees will never have to face him if he does return to his old form!

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