(Photo by Getty Images. Chien-Ming Wang? Sure, why not. Just check your Wang jokes at the door, okay?)
But MLB.com's Bill Ladson reported today that the Nats are ''aggressively pursuing" Chien-Ming Wang:
The Nationals are "aggressively pursuing" free-agent right-hander Chien-Ming Wang, according to a baseball source. It's not certain whether Washington has formally extended an offer just yet.
As of 3:09 this afternoon, Ken Rosenthal reported that several teams have offered money for Wang (*snicker*, *snicker*):
Wang, 30, has received offers from two other, unidentified clubs, according to a major-league source. He likely will make a decision within 7 to 10 days, the source said
If the Nats are one of these teams, or will be making an offer soon: fine. We're all for Mike Rizzo combing the scrap heap for reclamation projects. But barring a big trade, the Nats have made just one upgrade for the 2010 starting rotation: Jason Marquis.
Wasn't starting pitching Mike Rizzo's #1 priority coming into the offseason? Swear we read a quote along those lines at some point. Seems appropriate considering Nats starters ranked worst in every conceivable category in 2009.
With the snow falling here in DC and Nats pitchers and catchers reporting in just over a week, it looks like Mike Rizzo is done with upgrades. It's all retreads from here. That's why the Nationals are looking to pay for Wang. Couldn't help that one.
By the way, when is that Livan Hernandez re-introductory press conference happening, anyway?