Chien-Ming Wang, who signed his second incentive-laden deal with the Nationals last December, is finally putting himself in position to collect on some of those incentives. In fact, Wang could earn more than $1 million in bonuses by the end of the year, on top of his $1 million base salary.
A report by Focus Taiwan News Channel said the pitcher, who has already made eight starts this season, has already earned an extra $250,000 by staying on the roster for more than 30 days. He would make another $500,000 if he is on the roster for 60 days - and he would hit that mark Sept. 27, the second-to-last day of the season.
(That gives a hint as to why the Nationals called up Wang when they did; by putting him on the active roster on July 29, they gave him a shot to collect that bonus, which would presumably keep their relationship on better terms should the Nationals look at re-signing Wang after the season).
The right-hander, who is 2-3 with a 4.43 ERA after a no-decision yesterday, will also make an extra $100,000 for every start once he's reached 10 for the year. He likely has four starts left this season if he stays in the rotation, so he could make another $300,000 that way.
Wang, who returned from shoulder surgery in July after missing more than two years, has been impressive on the days where he's been able to command his sinker; he threw six innings of one-hit ball against the Cubs on Aug. 9, and allowed one earned run against the Reds on Aug. 26. The Nationals have a number of young pitchers who could be ready by next year, but they could re-sign Wang to give them a solid middle-of-the-rotation starter if he looks healthy heading into next season.