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Chris Young re-signs with the Nationals

Apr 4, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

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Chris Young opted out of his minor-league contract with the Nationals and was released last week, but now he’s back with Washington on another minor-league deal.

At the time the assumption was that Young could find a better opportunity elsewhere considering the strength of the Nationals’ rotation, but apparently not. He’ll report to Triple-A and wait for an injury to one of the established starters.

Young’s velocity was low during spring training, even for him, but it’s still surprising that no teams wanted to grab him as a short-term fifth starter considering the 34-year-old right-hander had a 4.15 ERA and 80/36 K/BB ratio in 115 innings for the Mets last season.

  1. natslady - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Welcome back, Mr. Young. We’ll see you for the double headers!

  2. natstowngreg - Apr 4, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Just a little surprising, given what passes for fifth starters on some MLB teams.

    But then, it may be unrealistic to expect the Nats’ rotation to have the level of health it had last season. I suppose there is value in being insurance against a possible Yunesky Maya callup.

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