Word is that the Yankees will not "tender" (salary arbitration) for their injured former-ace, Chien-Ming Wang, thereby prematurely making him a free agent. The idea is to get him to a lower base salary, with incentives. That's a penny-wise, dollar-foolish move that may backfire. Although they pay top dollar for sought-after athletes, the Yankees have always been chintzy with less popular players such as Wang. For instance, after his splendid 2007 season, they offered him only $4 million for 2008 in his first arbitration year. Wang countered with a request for $4.6 million. The Yankees took him to arbitration instead of ponying up the relatively small difference. First, second, and third year arbitration players are typically awarded 40 percent, 60 percent, and 80 percent of what arbitrat ...
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