Here are this weeks top three…
teams on the rise:
- Seattle Mariners
- Baltimore Orioles
- Philadelphia Phillies
teams on the decline:
- Anaheim Angels
- Toronto Blue Jays
- Boston Red Sox
free agent signings:
- John Lackey to the Red Sox
- Chone Figgins to the Mariners
- Hideki Matsui to the Angels (edit: thanks to Evan Coleman for the correction.)
- Curtis Granderson to the Yankees
- Cliff Lee to the Mariners
- Milton Bradley to the Mariners
available free agents:
- Matt Holliday
- Jason Bay
- Ben Sheets
If you have any questions or comments on any of the picks I made, leave a comment on this entry and I’ll reply to you.
It’s about time we stop avoiding that fact that there needs to be a decision made on this guy. He was awful this season, and now the Yankees have to make a choice: Bring Wang back, or let him go. For most people, it’s a black and white choice. Let’s look at the options.
Wang has gotten interest from other teams, the strongest coming from the Dodgers. Wang said “I will try my best to secure a return to Major League Baseball, and my
first choice would be the Yankees though it would be okay for me to
pitch for any other MLB team.”
Age/Type FA: 29/Arbitration eligible
Career (5 seasons): (55-26) 4.16 ERA 310 SO
Best Season (2006): (19-6) 3.63 ERA 218.0 IP 76 SO
- He led the league in wins in 2006.
- He gave up the least homers in the league in ’06 and ’07.
- He won 38 games in the course of two seasons.
- He is young.
- He was the Yankees ace for a long time and was one of the best in the game.
- After an atrocious season, he will come at a dirt cheap price.
- He had a 9.64 ERA last season in 11 games (9 starts).
- Ever since he broke his foot running home from third in Houston, he has fallen apart.
- He is coming off elbow surgery.
Chat or Chuck?:
Chuck. I understand how good he was for a long time, but he has seriously fallen completely apart. He was given every chance he needed last year, and there wasn’t even a sparkle of hope. Face it, Wang is no longer a good pitcher. I know he can come at a cheap price and will be a tiny investment, and I know that he can end up being a great pitcher with a great career, but this is the New York Yankees. This is where winning isn’t a goal, winning is a way of life. This is where anything short of excellence is unacceptable, and Wang falls short of that mark.