Taiwanese pitcher Wang Chien-ming will remain with the New York Yankees in the minor leagues and will continue seeking a major league contract, Wang’s agent said on Friday, the day of the pitcher’s second opt-out date.
The Yankees’ management has said it has no intention of having Wang start in major league games, agent Alan Chang said.
As of Friday noon, no major league team had offered Wang a deal, so if nothing happens, Wang will remain with the Yankees, the agent said.
Chang said the Yankees could not move Wang up to its list of 40 starters unless the team released someone from that list. It has decided that veteran pitcher Andy Pettitte will return to the mound tomorrow, he said.
The agent said Wang, 33, is now surrounded by younger players in better physical shape and with greater throwing speed.
“Wang must not just be better than them; he has to be very good,” Chang said.
Wang has been focused in every game and has tried to win a high-quality starting game to attract the attention of baseball teams, Chang said.
Boston Globe reporter Nick Cafardo said on Twitter that six teams have made offers to Wang, but none of them are for major league contracts.
In Triple-A this season, the right-hander Wang made eight starts and pitched 51 innings with a 2.65 ERA.
According to the official Web site of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, Wang’s current team, he was to start yesterday against the Durham Bulls at the latter’s home park.