The World Baseball Classic may have been the showcase to reboot Chien-Ming Wang’s career.
According to CBS Sports Jon Heyman, the Taiwanese pitcher was so impressive during his start for the Chinese Taipei national team on Friday that as many as six teams, including the New York Yankees, haven taken notice.
The 32-year-old last played with the Yankees in 2009, and spent the last two seasons with the Washingon Nationals, going a combined 6-6 in 16 starts. Last season, Wang posted a 6.68 ERA and a 2-3 record over 10 games.
Wang originally began his Major League career with five strong years with New York before shoulder surgery derailed him in 2009. In 2006 he led the American League with 19 wins, and came in second in Cy Young voting.
Heyson said Wang could be an option at starter for any of the teams interested.
For the Yankees, Wang may be a valuable fifth starter, and gives manager Joe Girardi more options behind veteran Andy Pettitte.
New York was a solid fifth in the AL with a 3.84 team ERA, but gave up 190 home runs, ranked them 11 th in the AL. At his peak Wang led the AL with in fewest home runs surrendered per nine innings in 2006 and 2007, making hime one of the best groundball pitchers in the majors.