Mostly because you get great headlines like “Riggleman Pulls Wang in the 6th”… But seriously, folks! Alright I got it out of my system. Chien-Ming Wang is reportedly going to throw off of a mound in 6-8 weeks, and that to me means he probably thinks he’ll be able to go in April. I may be wrong on that, but let’s go under that assumption. He was absolutely terrible in 2009, posting a 9.64 ERA in 42.0 IP, so the Yankees cut him lose.
Despite all of this, there is interest in him, and deservedly so, he has had a very good career so far and is only 29. Take out that 2009, where he was hurt the whole time and according to all reports throwing with a messed up motion, his numbers are impressive. From 2005-2008 he started 95 games, with a 3.79 ERA, 117 ERA+, and went 52-20 (albeit for a very good team). In 628 2/3 IP he only struck out 281, but since he only walked 178, he did well. He kept the ball on the ground as well as any pitcher in the league. So well, in fact, he gave up only 34 HRs in those 95 games! His ability to induce grounders made him the Yankees de facto Ace for a few seasons – he was 1st in Wins and 2nd in ERA among their starters in 2006, 1st in both categories in 2007.