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Nats add veteran Young on minors deal

Feb 21, 2013, 10:33 PM EDT

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Chris Young is 53-43 with a 3.79 ERA in 159 career starts.

VIERA, Fla. — In their ongoing quest to add more pitching depth, the Nationals have signed veteran right-hander Chris Young to a minor-league contract.

Young, 33, will report to big-league camp and should have a chance to pitch in Grapefruit League games, but is almost certainly headed to the Opening Day rotation at Class AAA Syracuse.

A former All-Star with the Padres, Young’s career has been saddled in recent years by shoulder injuries. He appeared in only eight total games between 2010-11 but bounced back last year to make 20 starts for the Mets, going 4-9 with a 4.15 ERA.

The towering, 6-foot-10 Young remains a sinkerball specialist and saw his velocity creep back into the high 80s late last season in New York.

Overall, Young owns a 53-43 record and 3.79 ERA in 159 career starts with the Rangers, Padres and Mets.

  1. EmDash - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Great option for a 6th/7th starter. Looks like he's got DC connections, too.

  2. Positively Half St. - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Great idea. Backup pitchers are light in the organization, and we should throw as many out as we can. Who knows about Christian Garcia, really?

  3. Section 222 - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Well done Mike!

  4. SonnyG10 - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Good that Rizzo is still working on our starting pitching depth. We need to have some insurance.

  5. Faraz Shaikh - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Good addition.

  6. Faraz Shaikh - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    So how many of our pitchers are from top schools around the country? Stanford, Princeton, and?

  7. baseballswami - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    As I recall, he pitched us pretty tough. Anyone else remember that? Very tall dude – ball comes down like it's coming from outer space.

  8. NatsLady - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    yes he is tall!

  9. baseballswami - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Faraz – Didn't DeRosa go to an Ivy? Maybe Penn? Not a pitcher, but a "former" Nat and a smart school. Some of our guys, pitchers and position players actually finished a number of years of college – I think both of the Zimmermen have 3 years in — and RZim went to UVA, another smart school. There are some bright, articulate guys in that clubhouse.

  10. tayo - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Great depth signing for AAA. This guy confounded me on how he was able to frequently get our hitters to swing and miss with his slower than average fastball. Kind of Tyler Clippard like.

  11. baseballswami - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Tayo – apparently it looks like the ball is coming down from the moon. Scary angle– I recall hearing the hitters comment on it.

  12. Steady Eddie - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Yet another powerful statement (along with Haren's willingness to sign a one-year deal and Soriano taking a big deferred dollar contract) of how attractive a team the Nats have become for FAs. A decent replacement-level pitcher like Young willing to take an MiLB contract when he has no chance of competing to get on the 25-man and is purely organizational insurance?How do you like them apples, Weird Wuss??!!!

  13. natsfan1a - Feb 22, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    I was thinking that as well.baseballswami said… As I recall, he pitched us pretty tough. Anyone else remember that? February 21, 2013 5:58 PM

  14. natsfan1a - Feb 22, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    No knock on any of our guys but imo it's possible to be bright and articulate without having attended an Ivy League school. But I digress. :-)

  15. natscan reduxit - Feb 22, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    … as a very great man once said (name withheld 'cuz I don't remember) "You just can't have enough pitchin'." Great work from a great GM.Go Riz! Go Nats!!

  16. SCNatsFan - Feb 22, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Like how players are wanting to come to DC for just a chance to be part of the team

  17. Nats fan in NJ - Feb 22, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    I love this signing (at least as much as I can love a #7 or so starting pitcher).

  18. baseballswami - Feb 22, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    MLB guys have no clue sometimes. Going on about our need for a lefty reliever, without being aware of the organizational philosophy or seeing stats of rhp versus lefty hitters. It appears to be the Nats choice. I have no doubt that if Rizzo thought we needed it, it would have happened.

  19. Ghost Of Steve M. - Feb 22, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    I like the pickup. Good insurance.

  20. NatsJack in Florida - Feb 22, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Only Rizzo. I love this.

  21. Tony - Feb 22, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    From Kilgore: "Micah Owings, the first baseman who is converting from pitcher, has not been throwing or taking full batting practice. The Nationals injected dye into his shoulder for an MRI exam, which has held him back for a few days. He is expected to be fine to return to full participation."But I thought the enhanced MRI was no fuss, no muss, no worse than a regular MRI. We were told that Danny Espinosa could have had the enhanced MRI last September and missed no time. Seems we were lied to. I hate it when we're lied to. Don't you?

  22. UnkyD - Feb 22, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    Also from Kilgore… For some of us who were concerned about Haren…http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/wp/2013/02/21/dan-haren-talks-philosophy-matt-skole-keeps-raking/

  23. UnkyD - Feb 22, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    Tony….. "A few days…" Get it?

  24. Tony - Feb 22, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    Right. The so-called medical experts here said that when Danny Espinosa was given the MRI that revealed a bone bruise last September, he should have been given an enhanced MRI because it is no more invasive than a regular MRI. But he missed no time for that regular MRI, whereas Micah Owings is missing a few days while he's getting an enhanced MRI. Clearly those so-called medical experts are lying to us when they say Danny could have gotten an enhanced MRI with no loss of playing time. Get it?

  25. Doc - Feb 22, 2013 at 3:19 AM

    Swam, just for the record, DeRosa went to the Wharton School of Biz, at Penn. And for biz schools it doesn't get much better than that.I expect to see his presence in somebody's FO one of these days.

  26. sjm308 - Feb 22, 2013 at 3:19 AM

    Tony, not trying to pat myself on the back, but that is exactly what I said. The enhanced MRI was invasive and would have meant time away from the game. Several on here quickly said I was wrong

  27. sjm308 - Feb 22, 2013 at 3:23 AM

    I am confused. Kilgore is reporting that Haren was lights out and Davey was asking him to back off. I thought I read from posters that they were "worried" about Haren' s first outing. Again, don't worry, be happy

  28. Laddie Blah Blah - Feb 22, 2013 at 6:23 AM

    "No knock on any of our guys but imo it's possible to be bright and articulate without having attended an Ivy League school."George Washington had the equivalent of a home-schooled 6th grade education. Andrew Jackson never went to school – there weren't any where he grew up – and he was an orphan at 12. They did pretty well, as did Abe Lincoln (never went to law school) and Harry Truman (never went to college).You can learn a lot in the school of hard knocks. Those guys sure did.

  29. djinFl. - Feb 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    I thought Haren looked very good yesterday. NatsJack was watching with me and thought his pitches from the stretch were up a bit. All of the individual instruction I have seen Davey give has been to our new nats. I think it is just learning the Davey way.

  30. sjm308 - Feb 22, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    thanks dj – has to be hard evaluating individuals. I appreciate you letting us know what you see.

  31. mbeavs - Feb 22, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Nationals batted .222 in 83 plate appearances against Young in the past two years. Bryce Harper and Jordan Zimmermann had the most success against him (average wise).

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