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Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo made his requirements in the team's search for a starting pitcher this offseason perfectly clear. He wanted a left-hander, someone who could throw 200-plus innings and who had a proven track record.
For the first six years of their existence, the Washington Nationals had a firm stance against issuing no-trade clauses to free agents. They adopted the policy from former team president Stan Kasten, but they broke it after Kasten's departure when they gave a full one to outfielder Jayson Werth last year.
The Washington Nationals and right-handed pitcher Chien-Ming Wang agreed Thursday on a one-year contract, according to a team source. The deal, pending a physical, is for $4 million with performance incentives.
A deal between the Washington Nationals and right-handed pitcher Chien-Ming Wang has been agreed upon "conceptually," his agent Alan Nero said Wednesday. But it's not expected to get done before 12:01 a.m. on Thursday when Wang officially hits the open market as a free agent.
Sitting in a dugout thick with South Florida humidity Wednesday afternoon, manager Davey Johnson offered perhaps the truest statement about the 2011 Washington Nationals.
Ivan Rodriguez remembers facing Chien-Ming Wang when the Washington Nationals right-hander was throwing 97-mph sinkers from 60 feet, 6 inches. A veritable bowling ball coming at batters so quickly it'd be tough to get a bat on it, let alone propel it into play.
Their numbers the last turn through the rotation read like a laundry list of one of the league's best staffs. Ross Detwiler: 7 1/3 scoreless innings; Tommy Milone six scoreless; Stephen Strasburg, six innings, one run; Brad Peacock, five scoreless.
For the better part of the past two years, the Washington Nationals have invested time, personnel and, of course, more than $3 million in pitcher Chien-Ming Wang. With each day - and month - that passed without much progress, the decision was scrutinized.
In what may have been one of the most confusing rainouts of the year, the Nationals' game against the Los Angeles Dodgers scheduled for Wednesday night was postponed due to torrential downpours that covered Washington all day and were projected to last into the night.