Yankees cut Chien-Ming Wang loose

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Chien-Ming Wang headshot.jpgAs expected, the Yankees non-tendered Chien-Ming Wang on Saturday.
The 29-year-old right-hander was 1-6 with a 9.64 ERA and 2.02 WHIP in
2009, eventually undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery in June.




Though Wang has already started a
throwing program, he’s not expected to be ready to pitch in the majors until at least May.
He’ll join Erik Bedard and Ben Sheets among low-risk/high-reward
options in free agency.




Wang will receive plenty of interest
(Joe Torre and the Dodgers?), but whoever picks him up can’t be sure of what they will
get. He hasn’t pitched a full season since 2007 and his impressive win totals are in-part a product of a great offense and
Mariano Rivera.

The Giants are interested in Evan Longoria

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today says that the San Francisco Giants “have keen interest” in Rays third baseman Evan Longoria.

Longoria is coming off his worst season as a major leaguer, having hit .261/.313/.424 with 20 homers in 2017. He’s also still owed $86 million through 2022. Which, back when the deal was signed seemed like quite a bargain for the Rays — and likely has been over the duration of the contract — but now seems somewhat steep for the 32 year-old third baseman. That said, the Giants currently have Pablo Sandoval penciled in at third base on their depth chart, so Longoria would definitely be an upgrade, even if 2017’s dip wasn’t just a blip.

Nightengale says that for the Giants to take on Longoria, the Rays would have to take on a high salary veteran such as Denard Span or Hunter Pence. Span is owed $9 million in 2018, with a $4 million buyout on a $12 million option for 2019. Pence is owed $18.5 million in 2018 in the final year of his contract and has a full no-trade clause.

If he stays with the Rays, Longoria will achieve 10-5 rights — full no-trade protection due to being a ten-year veteran with five years of service on the same club — so if the Rays are going to move him, it’ll be much easier this offseason, not once the 2018 season begins.