Starter Young re-signs, boosts pitching depth
More than a week after both sides parted ways, the Nationals re-signed Chris Young to a minor league deal Thursday, reuniting with a starting pitcher they consider important depth should any major league starter suffer an injury.
The Nationals and Young, 33, remained in contact after he opted out of his minor league contract on March 26, hoping to find an opportunity with a major league team. Last season, the Nationals got 150 starts from their best five starters, a rarity and a stroke of good luck and health. But because of recent trades, the team’s starting depth was thinned.
General Manager Mike Rizzo said Young hasn’t thrown in 10 days, since his last start on March 25, and will report to Viera for extended spring training. In another 10 to 12 days, he likely will be ready to report to Class AAA Syracuse.