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Wang's Arbitration Set for Valentine's Day


"I expect there will be a hearing," Brian Cashman told me earlier today. "There have been talks but they haven't been productive."

The Yankees submitted $4 million while Wang and agent Alan Nero countered with $4.6 million. You could think the two sides would settle on $4.3 million and call it a day.

I understand not wanting to just bow to the player's demands. To let CMW set his own price now will complicate negotiations down the road.

But when we're talking about a difference of half a million dollars (a difference of a quarter of one percent of the projected payroll) is this really worth haggling over? It makes me wonder if the Yankees did something to irritate Wang last season (or vice versa) so that one side or the other is refusing to compromise.