Six teams are interested in free-agent pitcher Chien-Ming Wang, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.
"We’re anticipating a major-league offer with a substantial guarantee and substantial upside," Alan Nero, Wang's agent, told Rosenthal.
Wang, who turns 30 in March, underwent arthroscopic surgery on July 29 to repair a tear in his right shoulder. He’s expected to begin throwing off a mound in the next week or two, according to Nero.
"Everything is going extraordinarily well," Nero said.
The original plan was for Wang to return a couple months into the season, but ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark reports that the aggressive pursuit of the right-hander has Wang and Nero considering signing before spring training.
Stark writes that three teams that might be considering Wang are the Mets, Dodgers and Cardinals. The Mets are also looking at John Smoltz and Braden Looper as options to fill out their starting rotation, and Stark mentions they would prefer to sign a pitcher who can pitch the full season.
After back-to-back 19-win seasons in 2006 and 2007, Wang has gone 9-8 in 24 starts over the past two seasons while battling foot and shoulder injuries.
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