Report: Nats give Wang one-year, $2M deal

Pitcher Chien-Ming Wang and the Washington Nationals have reached

an agreement on a $2 million, one-year contract, a person familiar

with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The deal includes the chance to earn $3 million in

performance bonuses, the person said Tuesday, speaking on condition

of anonymity because the agreement was not yet final.

Wang’s contract includes a clause that will pay him a

$250,000 bonus once he is added to the active roster, a major

league source told’s Jon Paul Morosi.

The source also said that the Nationals, Reds and Indians all

made major-league offers to Wang this offseason. Cincinnati and

Cleveland had pulled their offers by the time Wang came to terms

with the Nationals. The Dodgers and Rays showed interest but were

never serious contenders to sign him, the source added.

Wang, a right-hander who turns 30 on March 31, had spent his

entire five-year major league career with the Yankees, who allowed

him to become a free agent in December when they failed to offer a

2010 contract.

He made $5 million last year, when he was 1-6 with a 9.64 ERA

and his season was cut short by shoulder surgery on July 29. He is

not expected to be able to pitch until sometime between April and


Wang was a 19-game winner in 2006 and 2007, starting New

York’s postseason openers in both years, but his career was

sidetracked when he severely injured his right foot while running

the bases at Houston on June 15, 2008.

He missed the final 3 1/2 months of the 2008 season, then

allowed 23 runs in six innings over three starts when he returned

last season. He went back on the disabled list, returned in late

May to make three relief appearances and six starts before his

season was ended by shoulder pain. Dr. James Andrews repaired a

tear in the right shoulder capsule.

Also Tuesday, Washington designated left-hander Doug Slaten

for assignment to open a roster spot for second baseman Adam

Kennedy, whose contract was finalized Friday.