Yankees to say goodbye to rehabilitating Wang

New York Yankees pitcher Chien-Ming Wang (40) throws New York Yankees pitcher Chien-Ming Wang (40) throws during the top of the first inning during the inter-league game against the Washington Nationals. (June 17, 2009) Photo Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

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The Yankees' top priority this offseason remains improving their starting rotation. On Saturday, however, they'll bid farewell to the pitcher who has won the most games since Brian Cashman became a bona fide general manager.

Chien-Ming Wang, still rehabilitating after right shoulder surgery, will not be tendered a contract by the Yankees Saturday. He might very well top the list of non-tenders throughout the industry.

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As per baseball's collective-bargaining agreement, Saturday is the deadline for teams to tender contract offers to their players. Teams can't offer players more than a 20 percent pay cut, which prompts teams to cut loose players whom they don't want to pay at least 80 percent of the previous year's salary.

Injuries limited Wang, 29, to 12 games in 2009, a season in which he made $5 million. He posted a 1-6 record and 9.64 ERA before undergoing surgery in late July.

Wang's agent, Alan Nero, has said the righthander could be ready by Opening Day, but Cashman said this past week that he thinks Wang will be back sometime between April and June. The Yankees simply don't think Wang will be able to contribute in any significant fashion in 2010.

The Dodgers, led by former Yankees manager Joe Torre, are likely to bid for Wang's services.

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