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Ex-Met Young inks minors deal with Nats

Chris Young

Chris Young

#55 SP
Washington Nationals

2012 STATS

  • GM20
  • W4

  • L9

  • BB36

  • K80

  • ERA4.15

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Right-hander Chris Young, who remained a free agent as camps opened, has signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals.

Young, 33, went 4-9 with a 4.15 ERA in 20 starts with the Mets last season after returning from surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder.

Young becomes one of a bevy of extra starting pitchers the Nats have assembled beyond projected starters Stephen Strasburg, Dan Haren, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann and Ross Detwiler.

Young would probably lead a field of other contenders should there be an injury. That group includes fellow Princeton product Ross Ohlendorf as well as Zach Duke.