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Nationals sign Chris Young to minor league deal

Feb 21, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT

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I keep writing about how the Nationals have stockpiled lots of depth for part-time roles and Triple-A, and they keep stockpiling even more depth.

The latest is right-hander Chris Young, who agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. He’ll be showing up fashionably late, obviously.

Young has basically never been healthy, topping 175 innings once in nine years, but after missing most of 2009-2011 he came back to make 20 decent starts for the Mets last season. His average fastball clocked in at 85 miles per hour, which doesn’t fit his 6-foot-10 frame, but even at his peak Young worked in the high-80s and his career ERA is 3.79.

As far as no-risk pickups in mid-February go, he’s a pretty solid one.

  1. beefytrout - Feb 21, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Every team needs a guy who does a great Stan Laurel impression mid-delivery.

    • someguyinva - Feb 21, 2013 at 5:12 PM

      Well now I’m hoping that he at least gets assigned to Syracuse, just so his catcher can say “this is another fine mess you’ve gotten yourself into” during a bases loaded mound visit.

  2. natstowngreg - Feb 21, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    As Yogi said, deep depth.
    http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/y/yogi_berra_2.html

  3. thebadguyswon - Feb 21, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Solid signing. You watch him and wonder how in the hell he gets people out, but he does.

    • chill1184 - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:36 PM

      Up until the 6th inning

      • bolweevils2 - Feb 22, 2013 at 8:53 AM

        True enough, but not entirely damning. A pitcher that can get guys out for 5 innings is still valuable. Not nearly as valuable as those that can get guys out for 7 innings of a game admittedly, but valuable nonetheless.

  4. ch0psuey - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    He was pretty good for San Diego in 06-07. But after Pujol’s lined one off his nose I don’t think he was ever the same after that.

  5. ahuophfe - Feb 22, 2013 at 3:50 AM

    Reblogged this on bnfblogs.

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