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3/31/1980 (36 y, 10 m, 21 d)
$1M / 1 Years (2016)
Wang was released by the Royals on Thursday, MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan reports. (9/22/2016)
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Wang finally returned to the mound after the disaster that was the 2009 season and his recovery from shoulder surgery that cost him all of 2010. Although he went right back to inducing ground balls by the boatload, he took his walk and strikeout rates to the extreme. Though Wang was never much of a strikeout pitcher, a 3.6 strikeout rate would have ranked him dead last among all qualified starters. At least Wang managed to post the best walk rate of his career to offset all those base runners. With his velocity down a full mile per hour, it will be difficult for him to even keep his rotation spot if he cannot get that strikeout rate up. There is little chance he posts another 1.9 BB/9, so when those grounders are finding holes, teams will have a field day circling the bases. (Mike Podhorzer)
The Quick Opinion:
Wang has always been a more valuable real-life pitcher than fantasy due to his terrible strikeout rate. Now, he may not even carry much value in real life due to a loss of velocity and an utter lack of ability to miss bats.
Suffering yet another injury-shortened season in 2012, the sinkerballing right-hander reportedly may not sign until mid-season, severely negating his fantasy value to perhaps a mid-season waiver wire grab at best. Granted, his 6.68 ERA (5.10 SIERA) and 1.00 K/BB don’t inspire much confidence when he returns, anyway. (JP Breen)
Memories die hard. Wang is still getting interest around the league, and much of it has to be from his 2005-2008 stretch with the Yankees, during which his extreme ground-ball ways made him good, above average pitcher despite only decent control and laughable strikeout rates. Injuries and age have taken their toll, and although Wang managed a respectable 4.04 ERA for Washington in 2011, even that was over a small sample (62 innings). Wang was terrible in his brief major league stint for the Nationals in 2012, and even worse in the six starts he got from the injury-ravaged Blue Jays in 2013. He still gets ground balls, but the (frequent) contact is harder than it used to be, and he walks far too many batters for a pitcher who can't miss bats. Stereotypically for a ground-ball pitcher, when the ball does go into the air, it goes out of the park pretty frequently. Wang is a free agent as of this writing, and maybe he will catch on with a team (most likely on a minor league deal). There might be someone in your league who might hear about it and decide to spend a pick on Wang on the basis of memories of 2007. Don't be that person. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
Chien-Ming Wang still gets enough ground balls that teams desperate for starting pitching are willing to give him a chance. You should not be that desperate in fantasy.
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