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Chien-Ming Wang close to re-signing with Nationals

Nov 2, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

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

UPDATE: Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Wang and the Nationals are “close to an agreement” and finalizing various contract details, so apparently the interest from those other teams worked to his agent’s satisfaction.

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The Nationals are still hoping to re-sign Chien-Ming Wang, but in the meantime agent Alan Nero told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that five other teams have expressed interest in the 32-year-old right-hander.

Wang missed most of 2009, all of 2010, and most of 2011 following shoulder surgery, but made 11 starts down the stretch with a 4.04 ERA in 62 innings.

That’s apparently enough to get the Nationals and a handful of other teams interested in Wang as a piece of their 2012 rotations, but his velocity was significantly down from his pre-surgery days, he induced far fewer ground balls, and managed only 25 strikeouts in 62 innings.

It’ll be interesting to see if Wang and his agent can parlay the apparently interest into more than an incentive-laden one-year deal.

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 2, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    5 mystery teams Oh My!

  2. uyf1950 - Nov 2, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    I can see the Yankees at least “kicking the tires” on him. The only thing is if the Yankees do anything I’m sure it would have to be along the same lines of a deal as Garcia signed last year. May be a $1 to $1.5M guaranteed the rest in incentives. This assumes the Yankees don’t do anything via the trade market or with say Darvish or Buehrle for example.

  3. halladaysbiceps - Nov 2, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Everybody in D.C. Wang Chung tonight, everyone Wang Chung tonight!

    • natstowngreg - Nov 2, 2011 at 7:38 PM

      I don’t Wang Chung.

      • halladaysbiceps - Nov 2, 2011 at 7:56 PM

        Just think, there are a lot of rumors swirling with your team now. The Nats may be interested in bringing in Ryan Madson, Jimmy Rollins and Prince Fielder. Your ownership is prepared to throw some major money around. You have to pumped about that, right?

      • natstowngreg - Nov 2, 2011 at 10:03 PM

        Kilgore’s point is, the Nats have money, and have shown they’re willing to spend. But that doesn’t mean spending for the sake of spending.

        None of the gentlemen you mentioned is a starting pitcher or center fielder. The Nats already have guys to pitch the 8th and 9th. The money spent on Prince could be used to fill multiple holes, with some left over to extend Ryan Zimmerman. Rollins? Why?

        The Nats don’t have to spend great heaping gobs of cash to get me pumped up. They just have to spend wisely.

  4. cackalackyank - Nov 2, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    I really do not think the Yankees would want a reunion. There seemed to be some questions about the work ethic associated with his recovery from the Lisfranc injury if memory serves me. If he dogged that rehab it may have caused the shoulder problems. If his velocity is down and he is not a ground ball out machine anymore I really do not think he would be a good fit with that cozy right field in Yankee Stadium. Even if the Yankees did not have an opinion about his work ethic.

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