Nats sign Dukes to one-year deal

Good morning. One bit of Nats news to pass along this morning. The team has signed outfielder Elijah Dukes to a contract for 2010 worth $444,000.

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It’s a small pay bump for Dukes, who made $411,500 last season and will be arbitration-eligible after this year.

The Nationals are in the process of signing players with less than three years of service time to contracts for this season.

Nothing new to report today on Chien-Ming Wang, though there was a report from the China Times yesterday that he has a deal with the Nats for a $2 million base and up to $3 million in incentives.

The framework of an offer to Wang does indeed seem to be a $2 million base, but there’s no deal done yet.

I was told by one source that the Dodgers were the front-runners for Wang, though they’ve backed off on him after seeing him throw yesterday. Still, they could circle back around to him after seeing him throw off a mound, and from what I’ve heard, there are a couple other teams interested.

I don’t think the Nats are completely in the clear on this one. But they do appear to be a strong contender, at least at this point.