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Nationals release Chris Young

Mar 26, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Chris Young told the Nationals he planned to opt out of his minor-league contract if they didn’t add him to the MLB roster and today the two sides officially parted ways, as Washington released the veteran right-hander.

Washington has one of the best, deepest rotations in baseball, so it was never a particularly great fit for a 34-year-old starter trying to win a job during spring training. He should be able to help quite a few other teams as a back-of-the-rotation addition, although given his injury history and mid-80s velocity it may be on another minor-league contract.

Young started 20 games for the Mets last season, throwing 115 innings with a 4.15 ERA and 80/36 K/BB ratio.

  1. natslady - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    In contrast to the Aaron Cooke story, the Nats would have paid Young $100K in a heartbeat to stay in Syracuse as insurance (I mean, they paid John Lannan $5million last year). He was insurance in case a pitcher got injured in spring training or the WBC, but no one did. So for that you just say thanks, and good luck, Mr. Young.

  2. billyboots - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Terry Ryan is standing by…

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