The Nationals have agreed to terms with Chien-Ming Wang on a one-year deal, pending a physical, according to a team source. The team had been trying to re-sign Wang for next season after he returned from shoulder surgery that had kept him out for two years, going 4-3 with a 4.04 ERA.
The deal gives Wang a base salary of $4 million, plus incentives. Last year, Wang made $1 million in base salary, but more than doubled his total pay for the year after incentives that earned him upwards of $1 million.
Wang had wanted to re-sign with the Nationals after the team helped him rehab through the 2010 season and the first half of 2011. His agent, Alan Nero, said Wednesday night that Wang “feels very grateful to the organization” for its help in bring the pitcher back from a torn capsule.
If Wang can regain some of the form that helped him win 19 games in 2006 and 2007 for the Yankees, he could be a big addition to a Nationals rotation that has plenty of options for the 2012 season. His sinker got better as the season went on, and Wang was more comfortable throwing the pitch with the same frequency he had in New York. It’s likely he’ll be in the Nationals’ rotation next year, backing Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann.