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Wang re-signs for $1 million

Dec 17, 2010, 1:44 AM EDT

Photo courtesy Bill Scheuermann
Chien-Ming Wang returns after appearing in two Florida instructional league games.

Chien-Ming Wang made $2 million from the Nationals last year without ever appearing in a game. The Nats are willing to give the Taiwanese right-hander another $1 million to make another attempt to return in 2011.

The Nationals re-signed Wang this evening to a one-year contract. He'll earn $1 million in base salary, with incentives that could bump the total value of the deal up to $5 million based on the number of starts he makes next season.

It's a similar contract to the one the Nats gave Wang in February, when they hoped the former 19-game winner with the Yankees would rediscover his past form following major shoulder surgery.

Wang, though, never did make it all the way back from his July 2009 procedure. He remained at the team's spring training facility in Viera all summer on a slow rehab program which finally culminated with a pair of one-inning appearances in the Florida instructional league this fall.

The Nationals saw enough out of Wang in those two appearances to take another shot on him, though first they non-tendered him in November to avoid having to go through an arbitration process thatRead more ยป

  1. Harper_ROY_2012 - Dec 17, 2010 at 2:07 AM

    Good investment of $1 million, finally a positive move after signing Werth!

  2. Anonymous - Dec 17, 2010 at 2:08 AM

    Hey Mark,I have yet to read anywhere just how close he is to being 100% healthy. Is he ready to go now? Is he hoped to be ready by spring? Exactly what is his status?

  3. patkeane13 - Dec 17, 2010 at 2:25 AM

    I read in a recent article (not by our boy Mark) that he has looked very good pitching in simulated games this fall/winter. Hopefully this is the case and our (now) $3 million investment pays off

  4. Anonymous - Dec 17, 2010 at 2:26 AM

    Mark – who gets dropped from the 40 man roster, Maxwell? Severino? or Thompson?

  5. Doc - Dec 17, 2010 at 2:40 AM

    In to-day's BB economics, it's probably a grab bag bargain. Rizzo reminds me of a guy that buys up a previously staked and mined gold mine. Let's hope that he strikes gold this time. For the price there is not much to lose!

  6. MM - Dec 17, 2010 at 3:06 AM

    Wang told Taiwanese media a few days ago he'd be ready in May. FWIW.

  7. Sec3MySofa - Dec 17, 2010 at 10:06 AM

    Speaking of bargains and FWIWs, Kerry Wood goes back to the Cubs for $1.5MM/1 year.

  8. Anonymous - Dec 17, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    Wang again!? Christsakes…..you see Loch Ness more than you see him

  9. Anonymous - Dec 17, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    Please not another season with a broke Wang!

  10. natsfan1a - Dec 17, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    Evidently Anon @ 8:42 is not up on the new kilt dress code…

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