Nationals strike deal with Wang for US$4 mil.: report


TAIPEI/WASHINGTON — Taiwanese pitcher Chien-Ming Wang will stay with the Washington Nationals for another year as he struck a new one year deal with the Major League Baseball club, according to the team’s website.

The report quoted a Nationals official as saying Thursday that Wang, who became a free agent after his contract with the team expired, had agreed to terms.

The deal, pending a physical, is worth US$4 million plus performance bonuses, the Washington Post reported the same day.

For Wang, the U.S. daily said, the new contract represents another milestone in his recovery from a serious shoulder injury and major surgery that derailed his career with the New York Yankees in 2009.

The Nationals signed Wang to one-year contracts in 2010 and 2011, supporting him as he rehabbed. The team paid him US$2 million in 2010 when he did not throw a pitch.

The right-hander did not return to the majors until late July this season, and he was productive in his return, going 4-3 with a 4.04 ERA in 11 starts.

Wang made US$1 million in base salary and earned roughly US$2.5 million more in incentives in the 2011 season, according to the Washington Post.

The 31 year-old has often cited the Nationals’ support as a motivating factor to re-sign with the team, and he said in September that money would not be an issue in reaching a new deal.

With Wang in the fold, the Nationals are expected to have a capable starting rotation.

The report on the Nationals website said Wang would likely be third in the rotation, behind right-handers Stephen Strasburg, who missed much of the 2011 season with an arm injury, and Jordan Zimmermann.

Wang is currently in Taiwan to play for his country’s national team in a five-game exhibition series against an MLB team of stars.