The Nationals made a minor move to bolster their pitching depth on Tuesday, re-signing veteran right-hander Chris Young to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.
Young was expected to be an emergency starter for the Nats in 2013, but spent much of the year on the disabled list. The 34-year-old will now give it another shot in the organization after making just nine appearances across Nationals minor league affiliates.
In those nine games Young went 1-2 with a 6.81 ERA. He was ineffective through seven starts at Syracuse before a shoulder injury was discovered. He then returned late in the year to pitch in the Gulf Coast League and with the Auburn Doubledays.
Young hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 when he held a 4.15 ERA in 20 starts with the New York Mets. He made just eight starts combined in the previous two years.
The Chris Young who made an All-Star team in 2007 is long gone, but he could give the Nats some veteran depth, if healthy. In 2013 the Nationals called on rookies Nathan Karns, Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan to make their MLB debuts. Although each was relatively successful, it wasn’t ideal and exposed a lack of experienced pitching depth in the organization.
The news was first reported by the team’s website.