Former New York Yankees ace starting pitcher, Chien-Ming Wang, has signed with National League team the Washington Nationals after weeks of speculation and intrigue.
On Tuesday, right-handed starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang has signed with the Washington Nationals after the New York Yankees declined to sign the two-time 19-game winner to a contract for the 2010 season, according to Bloomberg News.
The Nationals signed Wang to a one-year contract worth $2 million and $3 million more in incentives. Wang will be introduced to the media in a press conference at their spring training facility in Viera, Florida on Friday, reports the New York Daily News.
Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said the organization would have loved to sign Wang but he was too much of a risk, “We would've loved to have continued the relationship with Wang, but they were looking for $2 million-$3 million guaranteed and I was unwilling to do that. We wish him luck. He was awesome for us when he was healthy. I only had a certain amount to spend and I was unwilling to commit with the risk.”
Wang began his career with the Yankees in 2005 and has won 55 career games, while striking out 310 and maintaining an ERA of 4.16.