Nationals working to keep Wang

Nationals working to keep Wang

WASHINGTON -- General manager Mike Rizzo said that the Nationals are not close to re-signing right-hander Chien-Ming Wang to an extension but that the club is still communicating with Wang's agent, Alan Nero.

Wang has said that he feels loyal to the Nationals because they stuck with him for almost two years while he was recovering from shoulder problems. Wang went 4-3 with a 4.04 ERA in 11 starts this season.

"We are trying to negotiate a contract. I wouldn't describe it as imminent or close. We are still communicating," Rizzo said. "We still have a mutual interest for Chien-Ming to sign with the Nationals. That's the best I could put it at this time."

Wang is expected to play in the Taiwan All-Star Series next month, and as he is expected to file for free agency shortly after the World Series, the Nationals can't tell him how many innings he can pitch in the series.

"Once he becomes a free agent, we lose the right to monitor him or make any suggestions on work load," Rizzo said. "But he has an intelligent agent, who has been doing this for a long time, and we discussed what we believe are the parameters on how he should pitch in that tournament. They are going to be very careful and realistic about it."