The Nationals, thought for the better part of a week to be the favorites to land free agent pitcher Chien-Ming Wang, got their man. They have agreed to a contract with the former Yankees right-hander, according to a team source, and will announce the move in a Friday press conference at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla.
Wang, who turns 30 on March 31, has made just 24 starts the last two seasons with a variety of injuries, and could be out until May while rehabbing from shoulder surgery. But he won 19 games in 2006 and 2007 for the Yankees, and could be a good low-risk move for the Nationals. He is arbitration-eligible after this season, so the Nationals would control his services for two years.
Wang will make a guaranteed $2 million this season, and stands to earn $3 million more in incentives, according to a source familiar with negotiations. Fifteen teams expressed interest in Wang, but the source said the Nationals were “far ahead” of their competitors the entire time. The right-hander has already taken a physical, and the deal came together in the last several days.