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Wang's agent says he's heard from six teams

FILE - In this April 8, 2009, file

FILE - In this April 8, 2009, file photo, New York Yankees pitcher Chien-Ming Wang works in the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. Credit: AP

On his first day of free agency since he was a 20-year-old in Taiwan, Chien-Ming Wang drew interest from six interested teams yesterday, agent Alan Nero said.

Nero declined to specify the six teams, but said three are in the American League and three in the National League. And the Dodgers, Nero said, aren't one of those teams, even though they're also likely to check in based on the recommendations of manager Joe Torre.

The Yankees non-tendered Wang, 29, on Saturday, although they expressed interest in retaining him.

"We're not in a hurry," Nero said. It's possible that Wang could rehabilitate on his own in spring training and then sign in April or May, when he's about ready to start pitching in games.

Wang is in his native country, Nero said, and is scheduled to return to the United States around Jan. 1. He'll spend about a week in Birmingham, Ala., working under the supervision of James Andrew, the noted orthopedist who performed Wang's shoulder surgery in July.

In other news, Joe Bick, the agent for free agent Brian Giles, said he has had "one brief" conversation with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman last week at the winter meetings about his client.

"I think Cash was just covering all the possibilities," Bick wrote in a text message.

Giles, who turns 39 next month, tallied a .277 on-base percentage and .271 slugging percentage in 253 plate appearances for the Padres last season. He probably will have to sign a minor-league deal if he wants to continue playing.

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