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Nationals, Wang Discussing Contract Extension

The Nationals and righty Chien-Ming Wang continue to discuss an extension, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson, but the two sides aren't yet close to a deal.

Wang, who turns 32 next March, threw 62 1/3 innings of 4.04 ERA ball for the Nationals this year in his first taste of big league action since 2009. The former Yankee demonstrated pinpoint control (1.9 BB/9) but his strikeout rate was dangerously low (3.6 K/9), though that's par for the course for Wang. He did manage to whiff 16 hitters over his final 23 2/3 innings without issuing a walk.

Wang prefers to stay with the Nationals because he appreciates the loyalty they showed him when he was recovering from shoulder injuries for almost two years. He received a big vote of confidence from manager Davey Johnson who said, "If I'm here, he could have my salary."

Wang says money won't be a big issue if it means re-signing with Washington, but his precision and healthy final months could earn him a raise from the $1MM guarantee he received in his last one-year deal with the Nats. 

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