Arbitration cases can be ugly. Chien-Wing Wang and his wife Chia-Ling Wu found out the hard way, as they witnessed the Yankees Front Office tear apart Wang to “save” money. Wang, the Yankees’ best pitcher for the last two years, had the right to ask for a raise from his $489,500 salary last year. Wang asked for $4.6 million for 2008, still a great deal for an ace. However, Levine and Cashman successfully argued that he should get $4 million instead, and the judge agreed.
Wang owed a great deal of his success to the Yankees’ terrific hitting and fielding. His awful performance in the playoffs against the Indians – he was 0-2 with a 19.06 ERA – and he has been on the disabled list twice in his career.
Wang has no bad feelings, of course:
“I’ll move on from this. It’s a new season. I’m excited about that. Overall, it was a learning experience.”
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