Yankees pitcher Chien-Ming Wang, a non-tender candidate, told Taiwanese reporters Thursday that his first choice was to remain with New York. But if the Yankees cut him loose, Wang said he would not be opposed to going to the Dodgers.
"Not bad," Wang said of the scenario presented by reporters that would have him going to Los Angeles. The two-time 19-game winner indicated that he would feel comfortable playing for a manager in Joe Torre who knows him well. Wang also went to middle school with Dodgers reliever Hong-Chih Kuo, and the two remain friends.
The Taiwanese media had been waiting to ask Wang about the Dodgers after the team’s coaching staff was quoted on the right-hander.
Dodgers third base coach Larry Bowa, also a former Yankees coach, reportedly said if he were asked about possibility of Wang coming to L.A., he would definitely support signing him.
Wang, who turns 30 next spring, got hit hard in 2009 and is recovering from season-ending surgery. He is not expected to be ready for the start of the season.