Yankees rumors: NY keeping tabs on Chien-Ming Wang

The New York Yankees currently have six starting pitcher candidates for five rotation spots, but this hasn’t stopped them from keeping tabs on free agent right-hander Chien-Ming Wang, according to George A. King III of The New York Post.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman hasn’t had contact with Wang’s representation, but New York will send scouts to watch Wang during the World Baseball Classic. The right-hander will pitch for his native Taiwan in the WBC. According to sources, Wang is seeking a major league contract.

Wang spent five seasons with the Yankees from 2005-09. After winning 38 games for New York from 2006-07, Wang went on to struggle with the club in 2009. He dealt with injuries which caused him to sit out the 2010 season entirely.

Wang then signed on with the Washington Nationals, and he’s appeared in 21 games, including 16 starts, for the team over the past two seasons. During that time, he maintained an ERA of 4.94.

Over seven seasons in the majors, Wang, who turns 33 in March, owns a career ERA of 4.26 with a 1.56 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

At this point, the Yankees are set to enter the season with a starting four consisting of C.C. Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes. Manager Joe Girardi recently said that Ivan Nova will need to earn the final spot this spring, and he’ll likely face his stiffest competition from David Phelps.

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