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UPDATE: Wang and the Nats don't have a deal

Feb 11, 2010, 4:22 PM EDT

UPDATE: First he signed, then he didn’t, then he signed and then he didn’t:  Chien-Ming Wang’s agent is now saying that the reports are inaccurate, there is no deal with the Nats, and that Wang hasn’t finalized anything with anybody.

And with that, I’m officially out of the Wang business. He could carve his signature into a granite contract with a diamond-tipped chisel in front of 200 notaries public tomorrow and I won’t accept it as fact until I hear three pinky swears and a blood oath as to the deal’s veracity.

10:28 A.M.: There was a lot of back and forth yesterday about whether the Nats and Chien-Ming Wang had a deal or not.  Pete Abraham said they did first, only to have some others say, no, no deal is in place. I had called these later reports “debunkings” but in hindsight that was a really poor choice of words, because it automatically assumed that the latest reports were right, and there was no reason to assume that. Why? For one thing Abraham, I later learned, is really tight with Wang’s camp and is trusted by people who know things to know what’s going on with him.

For another thing, it appears as though Abe was right.  Last night the China Times reported that, yes, there is a $2 million deal with the chance of it getting to $3 million if certain incentives are met.  Later Ken Davidoff of Newsday tweeted the same thing, and no one has since said anything to the contrary.

So apologies to Mr. Abraham and congratulations to Mr. Wang and the Nats, who I think will make a nice pairing.

  1. d - Feb 11, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    yeah, but now he’s gonna run the bases (assuming he gets on) – you know how that worked out for him before! :)

  2. YX - Feb 11, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    I donno if the last line is insulting to Nats, Wang, or both.
    But I know who is NOT happy with this: everyone from Taiwan. I know a few baseball fan from there and the island has been a giant Yankees fan the past few years, and they were constantly complaining about run support Wang receives. At least now they will have something real to complain about.

  3. YX - Feb 11, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    Good point. Considering everything, The last thing he probably want is playing for a NL team.

  4. H2 - Feb 11, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    The Nats were 9th in runs per game in the NL. It’s not the Yankees, but it wasn’t their hitting that lost them games, it was their pitching (and specifically their bullpen). They were 38-42 when scoring between 4 and 10 runs. That’s a losing record. The Yanks were 70-28.
    Adding a healthy Wang will be a big help to the Nats.

  5. YX - Feb 11, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Which reminds me, another thing they all complain about his Wang’s blown leads. Oh boy.

  6. Talex - Feb 11, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    The Nats are a perfect place for Wang: a no pressure ballclub that needs pitching. Wang was great for the Yankees during the regular season, but not in big games, and certainly not against the Red Sox. He crumbles under the slightest pressure, can’t pitch in the post-season, and isn’t very good against the great ballclubs. Here is hoping that he can recover from his injuries and maybe have a second-life career along the lines of Kenny Rogers, who was very like Wang in the first half of his career, but then figured it out!

  7. Jonny5 - Feb 11, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    There’s been more Wang talk here than with the group of scientists who perfected Viaga.. What gives? I was hoping to see Wang in Philly, wait, i didn’t mean.. Oh nevermind…

  8. Stone - Feb 11, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Don’t you know better than to trust anything from the Chinese press??

  9. Dan in Katonah - Feb 11, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    With the way this Wang has swung back and forth, maybe some Viagra wouldn’t be such a bad thing? He should firm up his position and take a hard line. He has a real bone to pick with the Nats. They must be very stiff negotiators. Knock on wood, I hope this has not been too hard on him.
    Okay, I’m done (shot my load)… :)

  10. cowdisciple - Feb 11, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    “And with that, I’m officially out of the Wang business.”
    I appreciate the frustration, but doesn’t an oath of celibacy seem a little extreme?

  11. willmose - Feb 12, 2010 at 9:42 AM

    Isn’t reporting about getting right? Oh, I’m sorry you’re not a reporter, you are a gossip columnist, my bad.

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