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.

Report: Athletics sign Trevor Cahill to one-year deal

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Free agent right-hander Trevor Cahill reportedly has a one-year deal in place with the Athletics, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee. The exact terms have yet to be disclosed, and as the agreement is still pending a physical, it has not been formally announced by the club.

Cahill, 30, is coming off of a decent, albeit underwhelming year with the Padres and Royals. He kicked off the 2017 season with a 4-3 record in 11 starts for the Padres, then split his time between the rotation and bullpen after a midseason trade to the Royals. By the end of the year, the righty led the league with 16 wild pitches and had racked up a 4.93 ERA, 4.8 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 in 84 innings for the two teams.

The A’s found themselves in desperate need of rotation depth this week after Jharel Cotton announced he’d miss the 2018 season to undergo Tommy John surgery. Right now, the team is considering some combination of Andrew Triggs, Daniel Gossett, Daniel Mengden and Paul Blackburn for the back end of the rotation — a mix that seems unlikely to change in the last two weeks before Opening Day, as Lee points out that Cahill won’t be ready to shoulder a full workload by then. Instead, he’s expected to begin the year in the bullpen and work his way up to a starting role, where the A’s hope he’ll replicate the All-Star numbers he produced with them back in 2010.