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.”

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