Chien-Ming Wang’s deal with Nats includes $5M in incentives

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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.

Brandon Crawford homers off brother-in-law Gerrit Cole

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You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.

The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.

Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.