The New York Yankees currently have six starting pitching candidates for five rotation spots, but this hasn't stopped them from keeping tabs on free agent right-hander Chien-Ming Wang, according to George A. King III of The New York Post.
While Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has said that he hasn't had contact with Wang's representatives, the team will have scouts watching the veteran during the World Baseball Classic. Wang, who will pitch for his native Taiwan in the WBC, is looking for a major league contract.
New York currently has a projected starting rotation that includes CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes. Ivan Nova and David Phelps will reportedly compete for the final rotation spot this spring. Wang could potentially provide the team with rotation insurance, but he'd be harder to fit on a major league deal.
Wang won 38 games for the Yankees from 2006-07, finishing second in AL Cy Young voting in 2006. However, injuries derailed his promising career in New York. The right-hander was out of baseball altogether in 2010 before signing with the Washington Nationals prior to the 2011 season.
Wang appeared in 21 games, including 16 starts, for the Nationals from 2011-12, posting an ERA of 4.94. Over seven seasons in the majors he owns a 4.26 ERA with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 1.56.