Feb
16

Chien-Ming Wang heads to D.C. (for real this time)

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Update (1:29pm): CMW gets one year, $2M guaranteed, plus another $3M in incentives. He’ll be arbitration eligible after the season. Not to shabby.

1:00pm: Via MLBTR, the Nationals have agreeed to sign former Yank Chien-Ming Wang, and have a press conference scheduled for later this week. PeteAbe first broke the news last week, but both sides backed off a bit. Either way, it’s done now. We don’t know what the terms are yet, but reportedly the Yanks wanted the chance to match any offer.

Wang’s tenure in pinstripes ends with a 55-26 record and a 4.16 ERA, though he hasn’t pitched a full season in more than two years. Hopefully he’s healthy, and I wish him luck.

Categories : Asides, Hot Stove League
  • Reality Check

    I always liked Wang. Good luck to him.

    • Jai

      pause.

  • bexarama

    Good luck, CMW. I’ll forever wish that the Astros’ shortstop had made that play to get the third out of the inning so you wouldn’t have had to run home… :(

    • http://iheartrerun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/rerun.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Eh, it would have happened eventually if it had been avoided that day.

      /Desmond Hume’d

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        I’d respond directly to that, but I dislike the way English tastes on my tongue.

        /Dogen’d

        • Colombo

          Dude, are you a zombie?

          /Hurley’d

          • AndrewYF

            What?

            /Everyone on the show’d

          • http://iheartrerun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/rerun.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            You know… Just one guy’s opinion here… But the point where people just start posting completely non-sequitur quotes just to get in on the action, instead of quotes that actually, like, mean something in the conversation, is, I think, where things kinda fall apart.

            • Andy in Sunny Daytona

              Luke, I am your father.

              /Missing your point entirely’d

            • Jose

              Sounds like someone has a case of the Mondays.

              /Office Space’d

              • dkidd

                toruk makto?

                /best movie ever’d

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    This is great news. There’s been a real lack of Wang in DC since the end of the Clinton Administration.

    • ADam

      Will you be here all week?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        Yes.

        Try the veal.

    • AndrewYF

      Screw the pretense, they should just call him Slick Willy right now with his propensity to get a groundball whenever he needs one.

      “Nationals’ Wang slipped in and out of trouble through the 6th inning. As soon as he left, the offense exploded. The Nationals sprayed balls all over the field, knocking up the Mets’ Pelfrey again and again.”

      Too much?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        Wang solid as Nats cream Phils; Giants next

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          Wait, wait:

          Nats’ Wang has mild stiffness; may miss Astros date

      • Thomas

        Possible headline, Pelfrey: We sucked! Wang was awesome!

    • Mike HC

      Dan Synder begs to differ. He has been screwing Redskin fans since he bought the team.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        Touché.

  • Mike HC

    Definitely wish him well. I think he will figure it out. He might not ever be as good as when he first broke in, but he should be an above average major league innings eater for some team out there. If not this year, then maybe a couple of years down the line.

  • Eddy

    I thought the Yankees were going to match any offer a team makes?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      No, we just wanted the chance to match any offer. We probably had the chance and passed.

    • Thomas

      They wanted the chance to match. Wang may not have given them that chance or the Yankees might have decide the Nats offer was too much and not matched the offer.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        I think the Mets also had the chance to match the Nationals offer, and they did, in fact tripling the contract value.

        Wang just picked the Nats anyway. He doesn’t want to be associated with a rinky-dink franchise with the perpetual stain of mediocrity.

        /OldJasonMarquisJoke’d

    • Bo

      They dont think he can get major league hitters out. And the results from this yr agree with them.

  • ADam

    The Wanger Adds a third Major League Ready starter to the Nats Rotation… pretty sure that’s one more than the Mets….

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      Lannan-Marquis-Olsen-Strasburg-Detwiler-Martis-Zimmerman >>>> Santana-Pelfrey-Maine-Niese-Nieve-Perez-Misch-Dessens-Fogg

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        Whoops… forgot to put the Wang in there.

        (3… 2… 1…)

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          (starts cleaning out the mug)

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

            You pansy-queer-homo.

            /IronHorse’d

  • larryf

    Chinatown not too far away from stadium. Sealed the deal…

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      Phase 1: use lure of Chinatown to sign Chien-Ming Wang
      Phase 2: use lure of Chinatown to sign Phil Hughes

      • larryf

        I would prefer the lure of RF porch to reverse lure Dunn to YS next year….

      • dkidd

        he’s my projected #2 starter (slap!)
        he’s my attempt to lure asian fans (slap!)
        he’s my projected #2 starter (slap!)
        he’s my projected #2 starter AND my attempt to lure asian fans (stunned silence)

  • Ryan

    Still would rather have Wang than that turd Sergio Mitre.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      Mitre is:
      A) 2-6 times cheaper than Wang
      B) not currently rehabbing from injury and thus ready for Opening Day

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        C) Not going to take away a rotation spot from anyone

        • AndrewYF

          D) Will probably pass through waivers on account of his statistical stench

      • Bob Stone

        Exactly.

    • Bo

      As bad as Mitre is hes better than Wang at this point. Which is saying something

  • KK

    This deal doesn’t sound like it’s particularly better than what the Yankees were offering, does it? I mean, at the start of the offseason, I believe they floated an incentive laden contract, too.

    I hope it’s not just pride that got him away from the Yankees. Anyways, is it really a smart idea for him to be in the National League? His baserunning prowess isn’t exactly spectacular…

    • AndrewYF

      It’s a smart idea because the National League sucks, and it’s a great way to boost your perceivable value. Just look at the highway robbery Joel Pineiro pulled off. Now that he’s back in the AL, no one should be surprised to see him drop right back off that cliff.

  • Bob Stone

    Good Luck CMW. I will follow you next year in DC.

  • Rob in CT

    I wish him the best (though it would be annoying if the Yanks end up being wrong about him).

  • Frank

    Good luck CMW! Just not healthy.