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Wang expected to sign by end of this week

Feb 15, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

Last week, after reports varied about whether Chien-Ming Wang had signed with the Nationals or not, Craig declared himself “out of the Wang business.” I’d hate to force him back into such a business, so instead I’ll provide the latest update on the free agent right-hander …
Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Wang is expected to make a decision on his new team by the end of this week and also notes that “the Nationals continue to be the leading candidates.” Ladson was among the most vocal dissenters last week when Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reported that Wang and Washington already had a deal in place, but it looks like those disagreements may prove to simply be a matter of timing.
Washington is said to be have offered Wang a one-year deal worth around $2 million in guaranteed money and another $2 million in incentives, which is surprisingly inexpensive compared to the $10 million that the A’s guaranteed Ben Sheets after missing all of last season. The big difference is that Sheets is hoping to be in the Opening Day rotation, whereas Wang is aiming to return some time in May. Hopefully we can convince Craig to get back in the business by then.

  1. Nasty Boy - Feb 15, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    If the Yanks aren’t after him ,I’d be suspect of his health. The Yanks are not in the business of letting a pitcher of his caliber go for 2 million if they think he would be ready in May.I feel they don’t think he’ll ever be what he was.

  2. Positively Half St. - Feb 15, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    The end of the week would be a good time to have signed, since that is when pitchers and catchers have to report. I realize Wang is injured, but since he is throwing off flat ground at this point, I assume he needs to be at ST to go through all of the physical therapy with the team, and get to know his teammates.

  3. Preston - Feb 15, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    If Wang’s got that sort of offer on the table, he should take it. There’s a big difference between Ben Sheets, who has a career 3.56 FIP in 1400+ innings, and Chien-Ming Wang, who has a 3.99 FIP over 670 career innings. Sheets also has a higher peak, with a 2.65 FIP in 2004 and 2.43 in a half season in 2006, whereas Wang’s best years were a 3.79 and 3.74 FIP in 2007-2008 (with 2008 also a half year). Plus, not only will Sheets probably be ready to start the season, while Wang has a nebulous May return timetable, but Sheets has already shown scouts that he is in Spring Training form, a good month before it will start. Finally, Sheets’ contract is generally considered an overpay anyway, so at this point even if Wang were as good as Sheets and ready to go on Opening Day, he’d probably be looking at closer to 7 or 8 million. Frankly, I’d hesitate to throw $2 million guaranteed at him.

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