Nationals Favorite For Chien-Ming Wang

5:49pm: Ken Davidoff of Newsday tweets that the Nationals will guarantee Wang $2MM, with a chance to more than double that through incentives.

12:37pm: Heyman now tweets that the Dodgers have "pulled out of the Wang derby."

10:32am: SI's Jon Heyman tweets that Dodgers execs Ned Colletti and Logan White are watching Wang throw today.  Heyman presumes the Dodgers are the second finalist for the righty.  Still, one Chico Harlan Nationals source seems to believe they're the favorite.

8:59am: MASN's Ben Goessling reports that Wang is still seven to ten days from a decision, and nothing has changed since yesterday.  MLB.com's Bill Ladson tweets that nothing is close between the Nationals and Wang, though they remain a finalist.  Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Nationals and one other team have made offers.

7:52am: Righty Chien-Ming Wang has chosen the Nationals and is close to a deal, tweets Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe.

Wang, 30 in March, had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right shoulder capsule on July 29th of last year.  On January 28th, Wang's agent Alan Nero told ESPN's Jayson Stark that his client is expected to "make a major-league start sometime in the first two weeks of May."  Wang will join Jason Marquis and John Lannan in Washington's rotation, with the remaining spots to be determined during Spring Training.

The Dodgers, Phillies, Cardinals, and Mets were also linked to Wang this winter.


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74 Comments on "Nationals Favorite For Chien-Ming Wang"


HalfSt
5 years 6 months ago

Woo-Hoo!!!!!!! Folks, you can’t blame the Nats for failing to try. Hopefully, Wang can regain even 3/4 of his form.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Wang should sign with the Hiroshima Carp of the NPB.

strikethree
5 years 6 months ago

One of the few moves I like from the Nats this offseason…

Can’t evaluate this without the numbers but the risk isn’t too bad for a team that isn’t contending anyway. If he comes back, you have a good pitcher; if he doesn’t, then you still would’ve had a bad team regardless.

He can even be traded before the deadline if he shows that he can pitch again.

The only thing I would worry about is that when Wang is on, he’s a great ground ball pitcher. However, the Nats INF defense minus Zimmerman is a little disheartening for a guy who depends on the fielders behind him.

Macfan1
5 years 6 months ago

“Can’t evaluate this without the numbers but the risk isn’t too bad for a team that isn’t contending anyway. If he comes back, you have a good pitcher; if he doesn’t, then you still would’ve had a bad team regardless.”

LOL, I think that sums it up. As a a Yankee fan I wish Wang the best of luck, nice and quiet guy. Never had that killer instinct you want out of your number 1 though, saw that difference clearly when watching Sabathia in the big games as compared to Chien-Ming Wang.

You know Sabathia is an unquestioned beast that can take on any other #1 pitcher in the game and win, never got that confident vibe in Wang’s big matchups in the playoffs, you were always hedging your bets.

Best of luck to him though, will be interesting to watch and see what he has left after two shoulder surgeries in his career.

Deanezag
5 years 6 months ago

“Never had that killer instinct you want out of your number 1 though”
Because he doesnt yell or fist pump? Judging a player based on what you think his ‘killer instinct’ is, is pretty ridiculous.

And it’s not fair to compare CC and Wang as pitchers, CC is a top 5-10 pitcher in the AL, Wang is not and was never that, regardless of how many Ws he had.

Macfan1
5 years 6 months ago

True, I was just looking at it as the #1 ace matchups, when we would match Wang up with Beckett, Halladay, Santana, etc.

Truth be told some fans always said Wang was a #2 at best, its just that by putting together those two 19 wins seasons, expectations were he was a top flight ace type pitcher.

Deanezag
5 years 6 months ago

Right, just because Wang was #1 in the rotation doesnt mean he is an ace-like pitcher. He’s not on the level of Felix, CC, Lee, Verlander, Doc, etc; and if fans thought he was just because he won 19 twice then that shows that fans need to re-evaluate how they look at their players.
But he would have been a very good #2 sitting behind CC and the team would have somehow been even better than it was, unfortunately he wasnt healthy.

RiverKKiller999
5 years 6 months ago

Oops where’s the dislike button at? Christ..

InTheKZone
5 years 6 months ago

Good move for the Nats.

I was hoping he was in the Cards (pun intended) for St. Louis. Imagine what he’d do if Duncan got a hold of him.

Holy_Roman_Emperor
5 years 6 months ago

Probably the same boring sinker-ball, pitch to contact junk

I could see him having a carbon-copy of Mulder’s STL career from the right-side………………… One “OK” year, and then going into a total free-fall as he gets pounded into oblivion.

stackthedeck
5 years 6 months ago

Or….he could be like Joel Piniero, Jeff Suppan, Ryan Franklin, or Jeff Weaver.

Holy_Roman_Emperor
5 years 6 months ago

Or Jason Marquis, Garrett Stephenson, Simontacchi, Wellemeyer, etc………..

I see alot of similarity between Wang and Mulder, tbh, as far as their ‘stuff’ and career paths go.

tomterp
5 years 6 months ago

Great job, Rizzo. Take the money saved by signing Kennedy instead of Hudson, and buy some upside starting pitching. By mid season, could we be seeing:
Lannan
Marquis
Strasburg
Zimmermann
Wang?

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start_wearing_purple
5 years 6 months ago

I think it’d be a mistake to give Strasburg anything more than late season spot start this year.

That said, if Wang regains most of what he was then the Nats could be a darkhorse in 2011.

WolandJR
5 years 6 months ago

Zimmermann isn’t coming back this year.

John Gyna
5 years 6 months ago

True, it’d be awhile before he pitched in a game, but I can’t believe the Mets just sat on this. Actually, let me rephrase that…after this horrible offseason, it’s no surprise the Mets just sat on this.

nyy1
5 years 6 months ago

Wang was definitely one of my favorite pitchers in NY. Hope he does well with Nats.

RedbirdRuffian
5 years 6 months ago

This is a good move, and if Wang shows that he still has it he is a solid 2,3,4 starter. Might be a nice fit along with Marquis and if some of the potential top of the rotation guys start to fulfill their potential the Nats should start moving up.

timdz
5 years 6 months ago

Wang is close to signing….wait…..he’s 7 to 10 days from signing…it’s gonna snow…wait…rain..wait….sleet…These sports tweets are about as accurate as the weathermen around here.

rockiesfan_303
5 years 6 months ago

Could be a great signing. Although I wouldnt be too confident about any team with a 1 2 3 of Marquis/Lannen/Wang I do really like that kid Stammen. Good, low risk move for the Nats if this ends up really happening.

timdz
5 years 6 months ago

Wang is close to signing….wait…..he’s 7 to 10 days from signing…it’s gonna snow…wait…rain..wait….sleet…These sports tweets are about as accurate as the weathermen around here.

osfan3000
5 years 6 months ago

Great Move for the Nats. Depends on the contract but this guy is really good when hes healthy. If he can pitch in the AL East, pretty sure he can pitch in the NL East. i could see a rotation: Marquis-Lannan-Wang-Olsen-Stammen/Straburg…. The 4 and 5 spots would be the only uncertain spots that are up for grabs but those would be the 3 i think have the best chance to grab them but its anyones game.

bobmac
5 years 6 months ago

No donuts for Pete.

RiverKKiller999
5 years 6 months ago

Peter Abraham…Have you ever thought about retiring from being a writer/reporter?That would be a good choice to make.I laughed when I saw ‘he’s 7 to 10 days from signing. You can’t predict when he’s gonna sign .He could just change his mind and sign with some other damn team that Wang hasn’t even been mentioned to sign with..Horrible Sports Tweets I swear.

jrollpatrol08
5 years 6 months ago

man i hope this isnt true…i wanted the phils to gamble on him as the 5th starter…oh well…it isnt final yet, but i doubt the phils even made him an offer

5 years 6 months ago

they did, they also made one to ben sheets to but so much for that

Macfan1
5 years 6 months ago

Nice to see Pete Abraham is still a blowhard, He probably still spends his days obsessed and tweeting about Arod breathing.

Pete never met an Arod pot shot he didn’t take. You would have thought Arod stiffed him of a couple of happy meals or something.

Now he is claiming a guy is close to signing with a team definitively then we hear otherwise later. Sheesh.

phoenix88
5 years 6 months ago

nice move for whoever gets him, assuming the contract isnt too high in guaranteed money. a good low risk, high reward signing if someone buys low. I just hope he’s not Daniel Cabrera round 2.

dodgers1111
5 years 6 months ago

I really hope the Dodgers sign him. If he comes back healthy, we will have a nice pitching staff.

5 years 6 months ago

I had hoped the O’s Would have picked him up. All-Well.

Mike C.
5 years 6 months ago

It would be great if the Dodgers signed a player with some upside rather than the dozen or so journeyman utility players and pitchers who are washed up…

HalfSt
5 years 6 months ago

I was so excited, and now the Dodgers are utterly in the picture. This has all the makings of an “in it ’til the end” situations for the Nats, and heartbreak for Nats fans. Make it happen, Mike Rizzo. Pay the man, and sign the player.

As for those who tell the Nats to know their place and spend their money in other ways because they stink, please just stop. The Nats could sign C-MW and still be below last year’s payroll. They got out from under some bad Jim Bowden contracts, and have the money to spend this year.

Fans of big-market teams complain that losing teams don’t spend enough in this era of revenue-sharing, but then condescendingly state that signing free agents is a bad idea because the team can’t compete. You know what? We deserve a better team than we’ve had, and the Nats aren’t the only team with a small chance at the playoffs this year. DC shouldn’t just sit by and let others fine tune their clubs and hope for “someday”.

strasburgsavior
5 years 6 months ago

Amen brother. My thoughts exactly.

5 years 6 months ago

yea ppl say that about lower class clubs, but now look at the M’s low class team two years ago, winning record last year, and went there gm went all brian cashman, and i think the nats will finish with a positive record