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Staying in the Nationals’ rotation would be worth $800,000 to Chien-Ming Wang

Sep 9, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

Washington Nationals' Wang throws during MLB National League baseball game against the Mets in Washington Reuters

Chien-Ming Wang‘s comeback has been a mixed bag, as his decent-looking 4.43 ERA in eight starts comes with more walks (13) than strikeouts (12) in 45 innings.

Livan Hernandez has already been removed from the Nationals’ rotation so they could go with younger starters down the stretch and it’ll be interesting to see if Washington sticks with Wang considering the incentives built into his contract.

According to Focus Taiwan News Channel his one-year, $1 million deal includes a $500,000 bonus for staying on the active roster at least 60 days and $100,000 bonuses for each start he makes after No. 9. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post did the math and notes that the 60-day mark would come on the second-to-last day of the season and projects Wang to make a total of 12 starts if he remains in the rotation.

That would add up to $800,000 in bonuses, along with $1 million in guaranteed salary and a $250,000 bonus that Wang already secured for being on the roster 30 days. So not only is the impending free agent pitching for his next contract, Wang has a pretty nice chunk of change waiting for him if the Nationals continue to let him start every fifth game.

  1. nolanwiffle - Sep 9, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    We’ve become numb to the salary figures that get thrown around, but when one really stops and looks at the sums paid and what they’re buying…’s kind of staggering.

  2. natstowngreg - Sep 9, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    For next season, Strasburg, Zimmermann, Lannan, and two from among Wang, Detwiler, Peacock, and Milone. The latter two are rookies, so Rizzo might want to keep Wang around (unless he lands a free agent starter).

    It would be nice for Wang to recognize how much time and money the Nats invested in his recovery. But this is a business, and someone else is liable to overpay him.

  3. humanexcrement - Sep 9, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    They’ve invested millions on the remote chance he’ll be what he once was (though i think he can come back to be a decent starter, if not a front-of-the rotation guy again). They might as well cough up the dough and hope that A) he has something left and B) signs a bargain deal next year to pay the organization back for investing in him. I hope the nats didn’t cough up millions for 12 meaningless september starts.

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