Nationals, Wang finalize contract
Washington, DC – The Washington Nationals have agreed to Ming Wang on a contract for the 2012 season.
The team did not release financial terms of the agreement, but the Washington Post reported Thursday it is worth $4 million plus performance bonuses.
Wang made 11 starts for Washington this past season after missing most of 2009 and the entire 2010 campaign due to foot and shoulder problems. He had a 4-3 record with a 4.04 earned run average, including 4-1 with a 3.71 ERA in his last nine starts.
"I am elated that Chien-Ming Wang will be with us in Washington again in 2012," said Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo in a statement. "I was very pleased with his progress and overall production last year and am anxious to see what he can do with a completely healthy offseason at his disposal. Beyond Wang's on-field results, everyone in our clubhouse admires his professional demeanor and appreciates the personal sacrifices he's endured to regain full health. He is a great example for all of us."
The native of Taiwan had not pitched in the big leagues since July 4, 2009 while with the New York Yankees. Over five seasons in the Bronx, Wang went 55-26 with a 4.16 ERA and had 1.34 walks/hits per inning pitched.
"I am appreciative of the opportunity and all the support the Nationals gave me to make the comeback," said Wang. "I am excited about next season, playing together with my teammates, and look forward to doing my best to help the Nationals to the playoffs."
The 31-year-old right-hander recorded consecutive 19-win seasons in 2006-07. However, he made just 24 starts over the next two years because of injuries.