Chien Ming-Wang agreed to re-sign with the Nationals on Thursday afternoon.
Now the details of his contract are trickling in. You know, the good stuff.
According to Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider, Wang will get a base salary of $1 million and can earn another $5 million through performance-based bonuses.
The Nationals clearly still believe in his arm. They gave him $2 million in 2010 and he didn’t touch a ball in a live game because of shoulder issues, but that shoulder is believed to be healthy and the Taiwan native is only 30 years old.
Wang posted an ERA of 3.70 and a WHIP of 1.29 while winning 19 games for the Yankees in 2008. Maybe he’ll finally get healthy for a 2011 Nats club that is in desperate need of starting rotation depth.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: