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Posted on: Friday, February 19, 2010

MLB: Wang finalizes $2 million deal with Nationals


Associated Press

VIERA, Fla. Pitcher Chien-Ming Wang and the Washington Nationals have finalized a $2 million, one-year contract.

The deal includes the chance to earn $3 million in performance bonuses.

A right-hander who turns 30 on March 31, Wang 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 June.

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 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.