Two former Washington Nationals will take part on tonight’s World Baseball Classic opening game between Chinese Taipei and Australia.
Chien-Ming Wang will be starting for Chinese Taipei. Wang is currently a free-agent and said he will be waiting before signing a new contract. I’m sure that teams will be watching his start tonight, including his former team. If the Nationals were looking to sign Javier Vazquez, and already signed Chris Young, it’s possible that they may look for another starter to add some depth to the organization.
The other former National is Chris Snelling who was acquired from the Seattle Mariners in the Jose Vidro trade. Snelling played 24 games in the major leagues with Washington in 2007 and put up an impressive .367 on base percentage. He hasn’t played in the Major Leagues since 2008 when he was with the Philadelphia Phillies. His last season in affiliated minor league baseball was in 2009 in AAA with Indianapolis in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Snelling, the 39th top prospect according to Baseball America before the 2003 season, he is still only 31 years old. It is not known whether he will be in the starting lineup for the Aussies. He played last year with the Sydney Blue Sox in the Australian Baseball League.