Non-tendered Wang is a popular free agent

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Chien-Ming Wang headshot.jpgNick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that free agent right-hander Chien-Ming Wang is drawing interest from 15 teams,
according to his agent Alan Nero. Wang, who turns 30 in March, was
non-tendered by the Yankees last Saturday after posting a 9.64 ERA in
’09 and undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery in June.




Nero wouldn’t reveal any of the
interested teams, but Cafardo believes that the Red Sox are one of them
and that the Yankees would like to match any offer. While many consider
the Joe Torre and the Dodgers to be the odds-on favorite, last weekend I advocated Wang signing with the Cardinals,
citing pitching coach Dave Duncan’s possible influence on the rehabbing right-hander.



Wang has been long-tossing since the
beginning of the month and plans to visit Dr. James Andrews in January
to get an updated outlook for his rehab. As of now, he’s not expected
to contribute until May at the earliest.

2017 Preview: The American League Central

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League Central

Do the Indians have a weakness? Do the Tigers and Royals have one more playoff push in them or do they have to start contemplating rebuilds? The White Sox and Twins are rebuilding, but do either of them have a chance to be remotely competitive?

As we sit here in March, the answers are “not really,” “possibly,” and “not a chance.” There are no games that count this March, however, so they’re just guesses. But educated ones! Here are the links to our guesses and our education for all of the clubs of the AL Central:

Cleveland Indians
Detroit Tigers
Kansas City Royals
Chicago White Sox
Minnesota Twins

2017 Preview: The National League East

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the National League East

The Washington Nationals crave a playoff run that doesn’t end at the division series. The Mets crave a season in which they don’t have a press conference about an injured pitcher. The Marlins are trying to put the nightmare of the end of the 2016 behind them. The Phillies and Braves are hoping to move on from the “lose tons of games” phase of their rebuilds and move on to the “hey, these kids can play!” phase.

There is a ton of star power in the NL East — Harper, Scherzer, Cespedes, Syndergaard, Stanton, Freeman — some great young talent on ever roster and, in Ichiro and Bartolo, the two oldest players in the game. Maybe the division can’t lay claim to the best team in baseball, but there will certainly be some interesting baseball in the division.

Here’s how each team breaks down:

Washington Nationals
New York Mets
Miami Marlins
Philadelphia Phillies
Atlanta Braves