The Nationals remain among the teams in play for free agent pitcher Chien-Ming Wang, according to a source familiar with the situation; but they have not reached a deal with the former Yankees pitcher, who isn’t likely to decide on a team for the next 7-10 days.
Reports early this morning had the Nationals close to a deal with the pitcher, but the source said “nothing has changed” since yesterday, when the Nationals came up among the front-runners for the 29-year-old, who is coming off shoulder surgery and will be able to throw off a mound in a week.
The Dodgers are among Wang’s preferred destinations because of his connection with Joe Torre, but their interest in the pitcher has reportedly been cool so far.
I’ll keep tracking this, but here’s what we know so far: The Nationals are interested in Wang. They’ve made an aggressive play for him, but he’s interested in the Dodgers and won’t be ready to decide for 7-10 days, or about the time he’s ready to throw off a mound; and so far, there’s no deal in place with the Nationals at this point.
(An update, as it relates to our little guess-the-rotation contest: You’re free to leave a spot for a free agent pitcher. I won’t make you name the free agent at this point. And you’re free to amend them until the Feb. 19 reporting date, at which point I’ll close the contest. Gotta keep these things on the up-and-up, you know.)