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Posted at 3:25 PM ET, 12/16/2010

Nationals nearing deal with Chien-Ming Wang

By Adam Kilgore

The Nationals are close to completing a deal that would bring back right-handed starter Chien Ming-Wang for one year, according to a source.

They signed Wang to a one-year, $2 million contract late last offseason, but the Nationals non-tendered Wang this offseason following a season in which he did not throw a single pitch for the Nationals as he recovered from major shoulder surgery.

The deal would make sense for both sides. Wang has appreciated the Nationals' patience and care during his rehab, and the Nationals are hoping to get something out of their investment last year. The Nationals non-tendered Wang in the hopes of re-signing him to a smaller one-year contract.

Wang appeared in two games during the Nationals' Florida Instructional League this fall. He pitched five innings total with no major health issues, but the more important test will come this spring.

By Adam Kilgore  | December 16, 2010; 3:25 PM ET
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Note: Forgive the soccer reference for those that think soccer and baseball can't co-exist.

When Jozy Altidore got injured and didn't play a whole season for AC Milan, he offered to play this year for free. Too bad other athletes (Stephen Strasburg, perhaps) don't do the same. It would be great if Chien Ming-Wing signed cheaply for the upcoming year as partial compensation for last season.

Posted by: Dougmacintyre | December 16, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Sign him up. $1M or $2M makes no difference to me. If healthy, he's in the rotation. If not, no harm, no foul.

Posted by: natbiscuits | December 16, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

In Rizzo We Bust

Posted by: swanni | December 16, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Also, Rosenthal is now reporting it is Henry Rodriguez (P) and Corey Brown (OF) for Willingham.

Posted by: natbiscuits | December 16, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Dougmacintyre, that wasn't jozy altidore. it was onweyu that offered to do that.

Posted by: nats_fan | December 16, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse


Pretty sure you mean Oguchi Onyewu.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | December 16, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Beat me to it, nats_f. And just to fill the story out, Milan happily took him up on his offer.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | December 16, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Its 2009 that everyone is concerned about. He went 43 innings in AAA, struck out an eye popping 71 but also walked 38 and allowed 4 home runs. He had a 5.77 ERA and the WHIP was 1.740.

In 2010 Rodriguez struck out 31 and walked nine in 21.1 innings exclusively in AAA allowing 1 home run. ERA 1.69, WHIP 0.891.

He has hit triple digits on the radar gun. He will be 24 in February.

If nothing else Rizzo is consistent.

Posted by: periculum | December 16, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

@ swanni...
You're an impatient idiot. Let the man do his job and build us a contender.

Posted by: jerod1 | December 16, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I like Willingham a lot, but the guy just was not on the field often enough. If the Nats started the 2011 season with him on the roster and (when) he got injurred they would have got nothing for him. Nada.

I have not researched thes players, but they were reportedly ranked as Oakland's 12th and 13th respectively by Baseball America. Last year they had Bernadina as Washington's 17th. I would have been pretty happy getting Bernadina in return for Willingham.

And BTW, I'm not sure I agree with him, but Dibble said this morning that Bernadina was a better player that Desmond. And then went on to say he'd keep them both (Desmond and Bernadina) rather than trade them.

Posted by: natbiscuits | December 16, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Second that jeerod 1.

Posted by: jcampbell1 | December 16, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Wang is a swing for the fences.

Last year he collected $2M and didn't throw a pitch.

This year he is probably 50/50 that he can pitch for the Nationals, but what perhaps 40% that he is going to be anywhere close to where he was in 2006 or 2007.

I guess every struggling team needs to find some surprise players who come through on a cheap deal and if the Nationals are going to take some risks, the pitching staff could sure use some competition right now.

Enough of trotting John Lannan out there on opening day.

This club has to get Matt Garza or another pitcher of some ability to be a stabilizer on this team.

Strasburg is great but that is for 2012 and he probably won't be back to his old form until 2013.

From now to then a steady diet of Lannan, Marquis and Livan Hernandez is just not that appetizing.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | December 16, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Hobbs, you forgot about Zimmermann

Posted by: destewar | December 16, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Major brain cramp yesterday. Thanks everyone for correcting me. I obviously meant Gooch, not Jozy.

Posted by: Dougmacintyre | December 17, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

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