As the Nationals move toward a midnight deadline to offer their arbitration-eligible players contracts for next year, it's not a lock that they won't come to an agreement with pitcher Chien-Ming Wang.
Alan Chang, the primary agent for the Taiwanese pitcher, would not comment on negotiations with the Nationals, but said in an e-mail the two sides are "still in discussion" about a contract for the pitcher, who did not play in a game for the Nationals in 2010 after signing a one-year, $2 million deal with them in February.
Both Wang's representatives and general manager Mike Rizzo had said they were hopeful the two sides could come to a deal to keep Wang in Washington in 2011. He would make at least $1.6 million in arbitration, but the Nationals would prefer to get a deal done before the arbitration process. If the two sides can't reach an agreement, it's likely the Nationals would non-tender him.
I'll have more throughout the night on Wang and the Nationals' other arbitration cases.