Wed Oct 13 09:25am EDT
You'd think that after a player signed a one-year, $2 million deal and then "earned" it by spending the whole season recovering from shoulder surgery that the team would be ready to part ways with the player. But the Washington Nationals appear to be eager to get a new deal done with hurler Chien-Ming Wang(notes).
The former New York Yankees pitcher had a "solid outing" for the Nats' Instructional League team Tuesday, going for two innings, getting four groundouts in 17 pitches, and lighting up the radar gun at 89 mph against the Atlanta Braves' team, according to MASNSports.com.
"He's feeling very good now," his interpreter, Alan Chang, said to the site via email.
MASN notes that the Nationals are waiting to see how Wang does this fall before starting negotiations but would like to sign him before arbitration begins and keep his salary under $1.6 million.