MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reports (via Twitter) that Chien-Ming Wang may not sign with a team until midseason coming off an injured-filled 2012. Wang is, however, expected to compete in the World Baseball Classic in March.
Wang has spent the last three seasons in the Nationals organization, but doesn’t seem to fit into the team’s plans in 2013 and beyond. After signing a 1-year, $2-million (plus $4-million in incentive bonuses) deal in February of 2010, Wang re-upped with Washington for two more years in December of that year on a 1-year deal worth $1-million (plus $4-million in incentive bonuses) with an option.
In 2011, despite appearing in just 11 games, Wang posted a 4-3 record with a 4.04 ERA in 62.1 innings across 11 games. After returning from injury in 2012, Wang struggled to put up similar numbers, posting a 2-3 record with a 6.86 ERA 32.1 innings across 10 games. Wang temporarily displaced Ross Detwiler as the fifth starter in May, but ultimately lost the job after Detwiler performed well in his absence (due to injury).
Pending a strong WBC performance, Wang could latch on with a contender in desperate need of pitching (Pittsburgh, Minnesota?), but a minor-league deal seems more likely.