Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wang to the Nationals

It looks as if Chien-Ming Wang has decided to sign with the Nationals. This signing shows me that the Dodgers must either not have faith in Wang or that they are done spending money. Though with that, I can't imagine the salary that he was demanding and/or why they wouldn't put that commitment towards Wang. I know Wang is a huge fan of Torre and Bowa, and if there was interest by the Dodgers, I think he would have signed there in a heartbeat.

Given that, I am curious as to how many years/ how much money the Nationals are going to sign him for. I would bet an incentive clause would be good for Wang, considering how healthy he is after coming back from surgery. Since I am going to assume this is a short term deal, an incentive-based contract may not be a huge deal. There is risk with him, but there is also the potential for great reward if he comes back to the pitcher he was before that injury. But really you never know how a guy will come back.

It appears as if this post turned out to be very wishy-washy. I guess it stems from the fact there are some unknowns with this deal.


2 years 8 million?

1 year 5 million?

Do you think that's going too high for Wang?

It appears we will know for sure within a week or so. I hope for the best with Wang. He was our ace until these injuries and has the potential to return back to that status if he can recover from the surgery and continue to stay healthy.


Kyle said...

Great post. Can't wait for baseball to start again.

I'll miss Wang. Maybe him and Bruney can give the Nats the championship experience to overtake the Mets.

Hope he can stay healthy and be an effective pitcher

Al Leiter's Bullpen Catcher said...

I hope so too. I am really pulling for Wang. He had a couple of tough breaks injury guys. People forget how much of our ace he was. Too bad Girardi and the Yanks screwed him up.

Al Leiter's Bullpen Catcher said...

injury wise**

Rob A from BBD said...

I'm guessing he'll make much less than what you're thinking here. He's not even likely to pitch until at least June. I'd say it's closer to $1-$2 million base plus incentives.

Al Leiter's Bullpen Catcher said...

Rob- You are indeed correct. I completely forgot that Wang isnt going to be ready until at late May/ early June. Though I bet the Nationals include decent incentives in the contract.