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Wang agrees to deal

Feb 16, 2010, 6:20 PM EST

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[UPDATE: I know many of you have been waiting to hear who was removed from the 40-man roster to make room for Adam Kennedy. Well, the Nats announced today that left-hander Doug Slaten (picked up last fall from the Diamondbacks on a waiver claim) was designated for assignment. They’ll still need to drop another body later this week to clear space for Wang.]

Right-hander Chien-Ming Wang and the Nationals have agreed to terms on a one-year contract, a club source has confirmed. The deal, which had been in the works for the last week, is believed to be for $2 million, with incentives that could push the total value to as much as $5 million.

The Nats are planning to formally introduce Wang at Space Coast Stadium on Friday, the day pitchers and catchers are due to report.

The 29-year-old is still recovering from shoulder surgery and won’t be ready to pitch until May at the earliest, but the club sees him as not only a short-term fix to its young starting rotation but also as a potential long-term solution if he stays healthy. Though the contract is only for one year, Wang will remain under the Nats’ control in 2011 as an arbitration-eligible player. He can’t become a free agent until after the 2011 season.

More to come…

  1. Anonymous - Feb 16, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    Love it.

  2. Jaxpo Nat - Feb 16, 2010 at 6:52 PM

    Like it. Cautiously optimistic.

  3. Anonymous - Feb 16, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    I happy they got another seasoned pitcher. I just wish we would have paid for OD now, as Wang is another ground ball pitcher. We need to improve our defense and Hudson would have helped there a lot.I'm still happy we got another SP!

  4. William - Feb 16, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    Am I the only one that thinks this move is Bowden-esque? Returning to the baseball scrapheap hoping for someone to make a miraculous comeback. This kind of signing only reinforces the lack of dedication to turning this team around. If we wanted a decent pitching staff, we would pay for non-damaged pitchers. That being said, Wang had a great couple of years and he's still relatively young. Maybe this time, the comeback could happen.

  5. Anonymous - Feb 16, 2010 at 9:34 PM

    Mark is Wang going to particpate in a full spring training workouts until the exhibition games or will he be just doing rehab?

  6. rksbaseballbookshelf - Feb 16, 2010 at 10:58 PM

    Wang, Marquis, Lannan, with Strasburg in the wings? Dare we hope?





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