Chien-Ming Wang close to re-signing with Nationals

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UPDATE: Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Wang and the Nationals are “close to an agreement” and finalizing various contract details, so apparently the interest from those other teams worked to his agent’s satisfaction.

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The Nationals are still hoping to re-sign Chien-Ming Wang, but in the meantime agent Alan Nero told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that five other teams have expressed interest in the 32-year-old right-hander.

Wang missed most of 2009, all of 2010, and most of 2011 following shoulder surgery, but made 11 starts down the stretch with a 4.04 ERA in 62 innings.

That’s apparently enough to get the Nationals and a handful of other teams interested in Wang as a piece of their 2012 rotations, but his velocity was significantly down from his pre-surgery days, he induced far fewer ground balls, and managed only 25 strikeouts in 62 innings.

It’ll be interesting to see if Wang and his agent can parlay the apparently interest into more than an incentive-laden one-year deal.

Tigers sign Francisco Liriano

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Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the Tigers have signed Francisco Liriano to a one-year, $4 million contract.

Liriano split time between the Blue Jays and Astros last year, putting up a 5.66 ERA in 38 games, 18 of which were starts, striking out 85 and walking 53 in 97 innings. He pitched two-thirds on an inning in the World Series, but overall it was a pretty substandard season. But hey, those innings ain’t gonna eat themselves, and Liriano will eat some in Detroit.

Not to speak ill of him: he is almost certainly the second best Francisco Li- player in the division.