By Tyler Radecki
November 02, 2011

Nationals pitcher Chien-Ming Wang is close to a deal to stay with the team, according to a report from Bill Ladson of

The Nationals have exclusive rights to negotiate with Wang until 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, though Ladson reports that even if the two sides could not come to a deal by then, Wang could still remain in Washington.

Wang, 31, signed with Washington in February of 2010 after shoulder surgery ended his 2009 season. He rehabbed all of 2010 but returned to a major league mound on July 29, 2011 and started 11 games for the Nationals, posting a 4-3 record and 4.04 ERA.

According to Ladson, Nationals manager Davey Johnson would support re-signing Wang.

"There is no doubt about it," Johnson said. "If I'm here, he could have my salary."

Update (7:57 p.m.): reports

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