November 2011

Harris: Buehrle would be great fit for Nats

It was learned recently that the Nationals have expressed interest in free-agent left-hander Mark Buehrle, and former Nationals outfielder Willie Harris said Buehrle would be a great fit for the Nationals or any other National League team.

Harris should know. The two were teammates with the White Sox for four seasons and won a World Series title in 2005.

“He knows what he is doing on the mound,” said Harris, who played with the Mets this past season. “He is not going to light up a radar gun, but he has been able to get people out for the last 12 years. He works fast. The defense behind him is always going to be on their toes. There is not a lot of times wasted when Mark Buehrle is on the mound.”

Harris said the year White Sox won the World Series, Buehrle was the guy the team went to for a big victory.

“Mark Buehrle was the leader of the rotation,” Harris said. “We had Freddy Garcia, Jon Garland, Jose Contreras, but Buehrle led the way. I’m not taking anything away from those other pitchers, but I just felt that Mark Buehrle was the guy. He was the ace for the White Sox for a long time.”

Joint statement from MLB and Nationals

Joint Statement from Major League Baseball and the Washington Nationals:

Our foremost concern is with Wilson Ramos and his family and our thoughts are with them at this time. Major League Baseball’s Department of Investigations is working with the appropriate authorities on this matter. Both Major League Baseball and the Washington Nationals have been instructed to make no further comment.

Wang, Nationals close to deal

Right-hander Chien-Ming Wang is close to an agreement with Nationals, agent Alan Nero said on Wednesday evening. Both sides are currently working out contract language.

The Nationals have exclusive rights to negotiate with Wang until 12:01 a.m. ET on Thursday morning. Even if a deal is not done by that time, Nero is confident that an agreement will be reached between Wang and the Nationals soon thereafter.

It has been known for weeks that Wang wanted to return to Washington because the Nationals stuck by him after missing almost three years with shoulder problems, which dates back to his days with the Yankees.

Wang was back on the mound by July of this year and was productive, going 4-3 with a 4.04 ERA in 11 starts in a season.

Wang said in September that money will not be an issue in terms of re-signing with the Nationals.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson made it clear in September that he wanted Wang back in 2012.

“There is no doubt about it,” Johnson said. “If I’m here, he could have my salary.”

Although he has accomplished a lot this year, Wang wants to be even better next year.

“I’ll try to work on my breaking ball more and hopefully get better and better again,” Wang said in September. “Every year, we have to deal with different conditions. I hope I can have a really good year, get all my good stuff and keep myself at the best condition. I want to do my best in the future.”