Feb 10, 2010, 6:43 PM EDT
There may not be any remaining suitors other than the Nationals to acquire free-agent pitcher Chien-Ming Wang.
A source close to the Dodgers said the 29-year-old right-hander threw off flat ground this morning in L.A. for team officials, who concluded they weren’t ready to make him a substantive offer. Agent Alan Nero, who represents Wang, pushed for an answer today, and the Dodgers balked.
That would appear to leave the Nats in the driver’s seat to land the former Yankees hurler. Baseball sources said earlier today there were only two teams left in the running: Washington and another unnamed club (presumably Los Angeles).
It’s unclear whether the Nationals are willing to give Wang (who made only 24 combined starts the last two seasons due to injury and had shoulder surgery in July) a big-league contract or whether they’ll insist on a non-guaranteed, minor-league deal. He has yet to begin throwing off a mound and isn’t expected to be ready to pitch in the majors until May at the earliest.
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